reply to post by FortAnthem
HAHAH! I can see it all now. You go to the hospital to get a check up, they ask you for a sample. Little robot rolls in...Half an hour later ..."
Awe, R2 I never knew you cared! " LOL!
In all seriousness though, I would like for everyone to consider the variety of applications that robotic constructs currently have. Im sure if we
were to compile a list, or find a comprehensive one on the net, that it would prove that robots are becoming more and more capable as time passes, and
that robotic technology is being installed in more and more positions in global society.
Imagine what it would be like, if robotics goes the way of the mobile phone. Over the last few years the humble mobile communications device, has
become augmented with apps and functions that a simple phone of ten years ago would never have had. They now play music, go on the internet, and even
the crappiest of them can connect to radio stations these days. You can use them as calculators, they have torches in them, and they can be used to
augment your reality with interesting data about the environment you find yourself in. You can navigate the globe from the palm of your hand these
Imagine therefore, if every robot were multi functional, capable of self mobilisation, possessed of a spatial awareness equal to , or greater than
our own, and capable of various feats of strength, precision, and timing. So far, it seems to me that most robots thus far, have only been multi
functional within a specified range, for instance, bomb disposal robots. They are capable of a large number of functions, but all of those fall
solidly in the range of those aimed at identifying and removing an explosive threat. They cannot , for example, make a cup of tea, climb stairs at a
pace, or keep up with thier flesh counterparts, unless expressly designed to do so.
What if , like the mobile phone, minimum acceptable levels of advancement were to emerge in the robotics feild. Soon even lowly semen collectors will
be capable of saving a life , carrying de fib gear and a CPR appendage as standard, as well as the kit required for its specific task. But more than
that, they would be fully articulated , capable of extreme feats of what , to a flesh and blood man, would seem like heroism , and action, in order to
save lives. Charging through a wall in a burning building to rescue an otherwise doomed casualty, before single handedly resuscitating the person and
performing all non invasive treatment before an ambulance even shows up.
Roombas will also carry carpet cleaner and stain removers , as well as being capable of ionising all your home fabrics to be stain and liquid
resistant. They will also be capable of updating you with a list of new cleaning products, and come with a voice activated "order now" feature
linked to the product catalouges being updated daily . They will also be capable of not just hoovering and cleaning your carpets, but capable of
moving the furniture out of the way while they do it, and cleaning surfaces and fabrics that are higher than floor level, in fact, every surface in
your whole home will be accessible to the Roomba of tomorrow.
Robots as they stand now, are individualy limited, and have not changed enough to make them impress in the last thirty odd years. However, times are
a changing, and hopefully , so is robotics. I hope to see multi functional, forward thinking designs in the future, and steps like this jugglebot are
ones in the right direction I think.