Ever since the Industrial Revolution kicked off, we?ve stood in awe marveling at the steady, inexorable rush of the new overtaking the old; waves of mechanical and electronic wonders reworking the original revolution, reshaping our lives and redirecting our future.
Every year we try to cull out the best of it all and put it into a neat pile for better viewing, for analysis, for making sense of what the heck happened during the previous year. Yearly, robotics seems always to be under intense scrutiny with everyone searching for that profound breakthrough technology that will finally vault robotics into the open.
2012 was a better year than most for robotics; a watershed year, in fact, of eye-popping tech that?s going to rock our world. We follow them all. Check these out:
1. Robot in a Jiffy: Additive Manufacturing Stamps Out 3D Robots in Hours
From Robot Design to Robot?in Hours!
2. The Doctor Within: Diagnostic Micro-bots Pinpointing Disease
The Doctor Inside You: Diagnostic Micro-bots
3. The Workmate Robot: Robot Evolution According to Baxter
Meet Baxter: Rethink Robotics? Next-Gen Robot
4. Cloud Robotics: Making Machines into Brainiacs
Toward a World Wide Web for Robots
5. CAD/CAM: No More Mind-numbing Robot Programming
Robotic Lab Technician Melds Precision and Programmability
6. Home-based Telepresence Robots: Household Companionship 24×7
Getting Ready for Telepresence
7. Taking a Sunday Drive?Everyday!?in a Highway-ready Robot Automobile
Google?s Robot Auto Has New Rival in RoboCar HV
8. Robot Fingers, Hand and Arm that Touch, Twist and Lift Like a Human
Sandia?s Robot Hand: Disruptive Technology Plus 90% Cost Reduction
9. 3D Sensing: Kinect-ing Robots to their Environment
Kinect-ing and Robotics
10. Drones in the US Airspace
Drones In Commercial Airspace To Drive A New Industrial Revolution