Ever since one of our team members started tinkering with remotely driven robots via online chat (see Skypebot), we’ve been seeing “telepresence” robots everywhere. The NY Times has a great story on telepresence robotics this weekend (The Boss is Robotic, and Rolling Up Behind You) . From the article:
For years, the military and law enforcement agencies have used specialized robots to disarm bombs and carry out other dangerous missions. This summer, such systems helped seal a BP well a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Now, with rapidly falling costs, the next frontiers are the office, the hospital and the home. Mobile robots are now being used in hundreds of hospitals nationwide as the eyes, ears and voices of doctors who cannot be there in person. They are being rolled out in workplaces, allowing employees in disparate locales to communicate more easily and letting managers supervise employees from afar. And they are being tested as caregivers in assisted-living centers.
Read the full story at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/science/05robots.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all