February 12, 2009      

Summary: Energid and Mobile Robots partner to provide autonomous navigation and mapping, machine vision and advanced robotic manipulation into a single mobile platform code-named Dactyl. This seemingly innocuous event announcement illustrates multiple trends in the robotics space and describes a new system that allows for 'mobile manipulation.'

Taken at one level, robots for professional use (to distinguish them from consumer robotics) fall into two camps—arm based systems and mobile plat...

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