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“It’s About the User, Not the Robot”
Apple Computer built its success around simplified but powerful user interfaces; robotics developers should do the same.
By Mark Ingebretsen


Often the comparison is made between the robotics industry today and the personal computer industry of 25 or more years ago. Back then, computers were expensive, and they came with glaring white or amber all-text screen interfaces that only a die-hard geek could love.

Speaking at the Human-Robotics Interaction (HRI) 2012 conference in Boston this week, Heartland Robotics founder and noted industry commentator Rod Brooks talked about the importance of the user experience.

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