Happy New Year everyone!
If you haven’t seen it yet, I hope you enjoy this video from Boston Dynamics. These are mechanical marvels in so many ways, and what is depicted in this video reflects years of work on top of the already impressive constructions that Boston Dynamics has shown off throughout the years.
I enjoyed the video for what it is – robots following a choreographed dance sequence, and then watched it again. Count the degrees of motion in each of the joints, such as the ankle. Observe how the bots are able to balance. Take note of the motions. Whoa.
There are some robotic products in consumer and professional sectors, such as Husqvarna’s robotic lawn mower from 10 years ago, Makita’s iRobot Roomba-like floor cleaner, and the new remote-control-driven Hilti Jaibot that drills overhead holes.
Consider all of the innovations that have come to quadcopter “drones” in recent years. How long until robots start following you around the jobsite, moving materials or even doing work?
It’ll be interesting to see how things evolve, if they do.
The SPOT launched last year, but I haven’t seen or heard of any jobsite-related applications or real-world usage examples for it yet. At this time, its main selling point to construction and utility industries is in remote inspection capabilities.
Think about what this tech might enable if it trickles into tool and equipment sectors. Imagine a tool box that didn’t roll but walked over uneven terrain, following you or moving to a predetermined location as it charts its own path.
But, maybe none of this tech will trickle into the tool industry. I mean, consider all of the sensors built into smartphones these days. And yet, most cordless power tools still lack anti-kickback safety tech.