CSE Seminar or Event|
A New Class of Industrial Robot
Rodney BrooksFounder, CTO, and Chairman
Wednesday, May 01, 2013|
11:00am - 12:00pm
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About the Event
Industrial robots have remained much the same in many ways for fifty years. They have been optimized to be accurate and repeatable, and able to follow trajectories reliably. Programming industrial robots has turned into exercises in specifying trajectories, while interfacing to fairly simple one bit signals from other machines or sensory systems. The result has been that the overhead in systems integration has required that industrial robots do essentially the same task for months or years to amortize that integration. Rethink Robotics has developed a new class of industrial robot that is optimized to be safe, adaptable and retaskable. Ordinary factory workers can learn in minutes to train it, and the setup time for new tasks can itself be minutes and it can make sense to get the robot to do multiple new tasks each day. The target market for the robot is small factories which have not previously had industrial robots.
Rodney Brooks (http://people.csail.mit.edu/brooks) is founder, CTO, and Chairman of Rethink Robotics, a 2008 Boston-based startup. The company is developing a new class of industrial robot that will help keep manufacturing jobs in America. Rethink's robots are to current industrial robots what the PC was to the mainframe. The new robots are made in the USA.
Open to: Public