Thursday, January 22, 2009

Paving The Way For Humanoid Robots

We have just arrived to 2009 and still see Roomba, Karcher RC3000 and Lawnbot type of robots running around our homes giving us a hand. Domestic robots have been in the market for the past 7 years and this is the best they offer? Where are the humanoid robots? True, WowWee and Sony have impressed us with their Homosapien and Qrio "toys" to entertain us but nothing more. There is a need in the home for humanoid robots, just ask the Japanese and Koreans, they will need them within a decade in order to assist their growing population of the elderly.

Elumotion could very well be the group of visionaries from the UK that will pave the way for humanoid robots. Heck, many may think of them as the real world Cyberdyne Systems Corporation (hope not) due to their expertise in designing and creating robotic hardware that replicate human or biological motion. This group of people are pushing the design envelope in order to create robots that can physically access any place a human being could with the added benefits of strength, does not get tired and able to work in environments that can prove deadly to us.

Elumotion and other similar small companies have the potential to surpass what ever exists in the market today by providing innovative products like shown here while iRobot, Karcher, WowWee, Friendly Robotics, Metapo and all other "popular" robotic companies play around with the same old design. Imagine the benefits, it is not limited for domestic or industrial use, it can provide prostheses to many in need (arms, legs, hands, etc.) and further the exploration of planets and/or environments without the risk of endangering human life.

So for all you robotics start ups, enthusiasts, dreamers, kids, retirees or whatever you may be just let your imagination and dream guide you to create something new, something that will help all around you and in the same time make a living out of it. Imagination one of the most important factors to innovation and sometimes it seems to be a species in extinction these days.

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