Monday, December 05, 2005

IP arms

Although we think of innovation coming out of places like Silicon Valley , Bangalore and Shanghai, good to remember that there are other centers of innovation. Nice story here on robotics development in Europe. This sort of thing I think is extremely interesting from a networking point-of-view. Right now, there is a lot of focus on bringing the network into the home with entertainment, games and greater broadband to the home. This is all well and good and is a trend that will be interesting to follow. But how about bringing the network to the robot? Making a highly secure, highly reliable IP network the “arms” that can control highly sensitive and life-like robot hands at the end-points would have great application. Expanded tele-robotic surgery alone is worth the price of admission.

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