Heartland Robotics

Heartland Robotics

Postby Markus Waibel on 12 Sep 2008, 08:30

Rod Brook's Heartland Robotics
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Together with Ken Zolot, a serial entrepreneur and the founder and director of MIT’s Innovation Teams program, MIT's Rod Brooks will launch his own new company, Heartland Robotics. For now little is known about Heartland Robotics or its products. However, is clear that the new company will target industrial robots and will aim at empowering the American workforce "in much the way the wheel put more power into the hands of manual workers". Check out the Xconomy report for more details.

iRobot press release: http://irobot.com/sp.cfm?pageid=86&id=415
Heartland robotics: http://www.heartlandrobotics.com
Xconomy report: http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2008/09/0 ... workforce/
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Re: Heartland Robotics

Postby Johnny 5 on 04 May 2009, 13:41

Thought you might be interested to know that more news about Heartland are emerging:

Rod Brooks just gave a talk at the Nantucket Conference, as the BNet blog reports about what Rodney Brooks thinks:

He thinks robotics has been stymied by a basic cost problem: it costs 10 times more to integrate robots into product lines than the robot itself.

That means it’s only cost-effective to use robots in high-volume, high-value product lines. He believes that he can create robots that trash this model and make it cost-effective to use robots in a wide variety of manufacturing environments, eliminating the cost advantages of countries with cheap labor.

Brooks is cagey about when this might happen. He says these are the main challenges that need to be overcome:

* make robots as visually adept as a two-year old child.
* give robots the language capabilities of a four-year old child.
* give robots the manual dexterity of a 6 year old – (this may need the development of new materials).
* give robots the social awareness of an 9-year old child.

He does not believe in humanoid robots, by the way.

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