Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pushing towards easy open source robotics

This talk gets fairly technical in spots (the main audience was Google engineers) but mostly it's about New Devices plus Building Community plus Social empowerment.

It introduces a platform that aims to make advanced robotics simpler. Currently, 3D printers are doing fairly straightforward predetermined actions, and micro-controllers can handle this level of interaction. But why shouldn't a more advanced printer have an accelerometer to notice when it is jostled, or even a camera to see exactly where a part moved to and continue printing it correctly?