Research Nugget 6.5

Pruthi, S. (2012). Wireless Robotics: A History, an Overview, and the Need for Standardization. Wireless Personal Communications64(3), 597-609. doi:10.1007/s11277-012-0603-9

The article that my research nugget 6 is focused on is titled, Wireless Robotics: A History, an Overview, and the Need for Standardization.

This article is talking about how the field of robotics and AI is one of the most rapidly advancing fields and how that their influence will play a big role in our future. The us of AI and robots is that they can help make our lives easier and more effective  but they will also help to improve communities and nations as a whole. How far the field of robotics will advance can only be determined but human creativity.  The two upmost important things when it comes to robotics is wireless robotics and the idea of standardization. With standardization their can be a level of stability for the development of robotics and different companies and nations will know what not and what not to do. This will ensure that certain robots are not to advanced than the rest.

“Robots attempt to solve problems and accomplish tasks that are either unsafe or inconvenient for humans, and if we as cordless creatures often cannot do these tasks, restraining a robot with wires will require a human in close proximity following the robot. Although tethered robots have been successful in some missions such as in deep-sea exploration with a tethered submersible & the Djei robot used to explore the Pyramids of Giza, however this tethering creates significant locomotive and explorative restrictions.”

“Yet, how do we design, build, and implement this robot? The current state of the industry demonstrates an inherent need for standardization. This eliminates the concern for a lack of both inter-compatibility and global scalability of research projects. If advanced Artificial Intelligence software is being developed in USA, how does one know it can be easily be inte- grated to work with next generation radios from Denmark and sensors from Japan? Often, it is not the case that minimal changes need to be made in order to ensure compatibility. Interface standardization is a definite requirement for scalable and rapid advancement.”

Nowadays everything is starting to become wireless just because it is more effective and less of a hassle to deal with multiple wires. I feel what started it all was the development of bluetooth, the ability to transfer information such as phone calls, and music from one device to another without the worry of wires. In the world of robotics, a robot that is plugged in versus and robot that is wireless, the plugged in robot can only do so much since it is restricted by a wire, so mobility is cut down as well as effectiveness to carry out the task. Now, when looking at the wireless robot, so many more options open up. Instead of worrying how far the wire can go or what events can the robot do companies are instead focused on how to program the robot to overcome obstacles in the house such as stairs, doors, furniture and so on. Also with a wired robot, I feel that you really can’t use that particular for multiple reasons.

Another important thing in the field of robotics is the idea of standardization.  I feel that with the idea of standardization it can help spread the idea of robotics and allow for the use of robotics around the world. Also with standardization countries or companies can’t really go above of what is allowed and they have to meet all standards. With the idea of standards, the robots can be universal which can help different companies collaborate together and so on.

After reading the article on “Personal Dynamic Media” it got me thinking on how the idea shows similarity to the idea of wireless technology and the issue of standaradization.

“Imagine having your own self-contained knowledge manipulator in a portable package the size and shape of an ordinary notebook. Suppose it had enough power to outrace your senses of sight and hearing, enough capacity to store for later retrieval thousands of page-equivalents of reference materials, poems, letters, recipes, records, drawings, animations, musical scores, waveforms, dynamic simulations, and anything else you would like to remember and change. “

Everything now a days is becoming portable because people are understanding the importance of mobility and accessibility. Now if the Dynabook was connected to plugs, such as a power cord and an internet cable and so on it would make the device pointless, you might as built a computer. And not only that, each Dynabook as the same ability and they are same size, not one is better than the other and so on. This allows for the ability to change information between tablets, for example if a kid wants to share his artwork with another kid it would be simple they wouldn’t run into the issue of the devices not being compatible with each other.

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