Leading the way forward, six industrial robot engineers are prepared to provide an open-source, mind-controlled, multi-purpose industrial robot at an affordable price. Say hello to Dobot!
“Robot arms have a wide range of applications in industry, but because of the huge price tag and difficulties in operation, it seems very far away from our lives. We hope to bring the industrial robot arm to daily life.”
To top it all off, the team of engineers behind the Dobot plan on releasing it at a very affordable price, ranging between $400-800. So what’s the catch? They need the funds to help push this project along. Which is why the team decided to reach out to the public via Kickstarter with a total funding goal of $36,000. Fret not, however. They’ve already reached their funding goal and far surpassed it, having already accumulated over $275,000 with 19 days left in the campaign. In other words, mind-controlled industrial robots for everyone!
So what does this mean for the future of robotics? Well, firstly, it means that robots are becoming increasingly personal, ranging in activities and capabilities that apply to everyone. Secondly, with Dobot’s subsequent range of control – including, but not limited to, via the mind using an EEG headset – we’re developing a truly interactive robot that can be operated in any number of ways. Given its affordability and open-source nature, the Dobot also pushes robotics into a likely international market, which includes the online world.
Future robots will not just be affordable to everyone, but will equally be able to adapt to new conditions and update itself (or by others) when needed. People will be able to control large industrial robots via the mind as it prints objects of your choosing – from cars to entire buildings. At the simple gesture of your hand, these robots will understand what you need and react in a timely manner. You might’ve heard of the Internet of Things (IoT), but this is the dawning of the Internet of Everything!
Photo Credit: Dobot / Kickstarter