This week. the Internet of Things Podcast crew went to CES to discover that the consumer electronics industry was ALL OVER the internet of things. Yes, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant starred in everything, and we explain what that means. Plus, we answer a question about bathroom fans taken from the listener hotline. After all that Simon Segars, the CEO of ARM, kindly talks about how to be safe with the massive Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities and gave some context about what this means for the internet of things. Listen up.
Humanoids are the hardest. Atlas is the state of the art, and you might think that because Atlas has solved backflips, building a full-sized biped robot that can just walk around should be easy by now. But it’s very much not easy, especially in the home.
For starters, there’s the noise. Many of the best and strongest humanoids use hydraulics for strength. Even electronic servo-based robots can be loud. But more importantly, bipeds are expensive, fragile, and fall over a lot. Why would you want that in your home?
The people at Ubtech, a China-based robotics company that sells a wide range of home and toy robots, are working on the impossible, and possibly the impractical: Walker, a human-sized biped for the home.
Elon Musk recently made headlines asserting that, in order for us to both progress and survive as a species, we must merge with machines and become cyborgs. And, as climate change rages onwards and the biological difficulties of completing a human mission to Mars become ever more apparent, many are beginning to agree.
It is no surprise, then, that researchers at Sarcos Robotics have created Guardian GT, a set of seven-foot robotic arms that can each lift 230 kg (500 lbs), giving whoever uses them superhuman strength. And to ensure you can really experience this superhuman ability, the arms allow you to actually feel what’s going on.
These robotic arms can reported lift half a ton, but in operating the machine, the user feels only two kilogram (five pounds) of force, according to Wired. The dimensions of these arms are designed to be parallel to those of an adult human, so users should find them natural-feeling and easy to operate.
Sarcos Robotics intends these arms to be used for emptying disposal bins, moving metal pipes, and accomplishing other tasks with massively heavy materials. The arms are powered by a diesel motor and are said to be capable of moving at 6 km/h (4 mph) for a 7 hours — enough time to move a lot of heavy objects.
From science fiction to developing artificial limbs (such as these robotic arms), augmenting human strength and ability remains at the forefront of many efforts. Boldly referred to as “cyborg eyes,” researchers are developing wireless, prosthetic eyes for those without sight; cyborg bacteria promote the hope of achieving artificial photosynthesis; and companies around the world are considering, and sometimes implimenting, microchipping their employees. In short — we are well on our way to truly becoming a planet of cyborgs.
But this might not be the science fiction nightmare that Star Trek promised with the Borg. The Guardian GT arms are not inherently weapons and are designed specifically to be used with a human counterpart while steering clear of any sci-fi-reminiscent interaction with the brain. And, while it is easy to feel distrust toward technologies with the word “cyborg” attached, merging human with machine isn’t necessarily bad.
Prosthetics have provided assistance to those lacking limbs or abilities for quite a long time. But, while antique models had limited or non-existent functionality, modern prosthetics, like Guardian GT, are being designed to give users abilities beyond what is naturally possible.
It is yet to be seen whether this means that, in the future, we will all walk around with cyborg attachments giving us superhuman abilities. But one thing is for certain — this innovation will change the way we move heavy objects.
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If estimates and supplier predictions are correct, Samsung is poised to reap $ 14.3 billion in parts delivery alone from just the iPhone X through 2019, with the Galaxy S8 gathering only $ 10.1 billion.
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