Robots get real
May 27, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
Robotics is an industry in which managing simple tasks and goals is paving the way for the grand visions of science fiction. But
first, the floors need to be cleaned.
In this three-day special report, CNET News takes a look at the
growing world of commercial and do-it-yourself robotics. We check in with the top robotics researchers in academia, as well as the hobbyists who are showing off their projects at this weekend's Maker Faire conference in Silicon Valley.
The Roombas and LawnBotts of the world are getting better and smarter at pitching in with the chores. Soon you won't imagine a household without them.
From the Roomba to Lego Mindstorms, and from living room to garage, robot technology is becoming integrated into our day-to-day lives.
We asked a high-profile CEO in the robotics industry for his insider tips about where prospective college students interested in robotics ought to look--and what they should consider.
CNET News looks at some of the coolest and weirdest robotics projects to come out of universities' R&D programs over the years.
Robots will be one of the largest categories of DIY projects at this weekend's Maker Faire, but the movement of hobbyist robotics goes much further than the popular festival.
A chip engineer's simple dream--to build a robot that can bring him a cold one--turns into a years-long home-brewed robotics project.
At this weekend's Maker Faire, do-it-yourself robots will be one of the biggest attractions. The hobby has grown into the mainstream.