Friday, September 5, 2014

Cloud, Robots, Automation

Cloud Robotics and Automation: "What if robots and automation systems were not limited by onboard computation, memory, or programming? This is now conceivable with wireless networking and rapidly expanding Internet resources. In 2010, James Kuffner at Google introduced the term "Cloud Robotics" to describe a new approach to robotics that takes advantage of the Internet as a resource for massively parallel computation and sharing of vast data resources. The Google autonomous driving project exemplifies this approach: the system indexes maps and images that are collected and updated by satellite, Streetview, and crowdsourcing to facilitate accurate localization. Another example is Kiva Systems new approach to warehouse automation and logistics using large numbers of mobile platforms to move pallets using a local network to coordinate planforms and update tracking data. These are just two new projects that build on resources from the Cloud..." (read more at  link above)
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