July 05, 2011      

Controlling a robot with a smartphone may sound like child's play, but to James Kuffner Jr., it's serious business. Kuffner, who is currently on leave as an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh to work for Google as a research engineer, says the advent of smartphones and faster wireless connections is making the notion of cloud-based robotics a reality.

Just as thin clients move computing power from a laptop into cloud-based servers, robots also no longer ne...

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