Monday, May 25, 2009
The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has through a grant from NSF approved a study to formulate a targeted R&D roadmap for robotics. The process has been managed by a broad group of researcher across major US institutions. The Robotics Roadmap has finally been presented to Congress! On May 21, 2009 four presentations were given before a Congressional Caucus about the future of robotics in the United States. CCC Robotics Roadmap Final Report
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Researchers at the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech have developed an assistive robot , called El-E, that is explicitly designed to take advantage of this common structure in order to retrieve unmodeled, everyday objects for people with motor impairments. El-E is equipped with a laser pointer interface that detects when a user illuminates a location with an off-the-shelf green laser pointer and estimates its 3D position. This enables a user to unambiguously communicate a 3D location to the robot using a point-and-click style of interaction, which provides a direct way to tell the robot which object to manipulate or where to go.