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December 11, 2011

Mtg: Consulting in the Field-Robotics Age

by @ 4:30 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design

MONDAY December 12, 2011
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: David Wyland, Neato Robotics, Inc.
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required; note change from regular meeting evening

Great engineering consulting opportunities are opening up in field robotics. Like factory robots, these are pick-and-place machines that move things around.? Unlike factory robots, they move things around in open, changing environments.
Robotic vacuum cleaners were the first commercial examples of field robotics, and these were enabled by laser distance sensors and new algorithms such as Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM).? These products also made use of mechatronics, an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering with computer science.
Field robotics is a fast growing market with huge potential.? The US military wants to have one-third of its vehicles autonomous (robotic) by 2015, and commercial applications are equally important.? Instead of humanoid forms, we should expect to see a wide variety of very different machines for different environments and tasks.
Note change from our regular monthly meeting night.

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