Robotics in Service

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MIT Press, 1989 - Computers - 248 pages

Robots can play a major role in the service industries. And it is in that direction that robotics needs to turn, Joseph Engleberger asserts, not toward the routine factory jobs of the past. Engleberger was instrumental in founding the robotics industry and his book Robotics in Practice is now a classic. In Robotics in Service he observes that the time is ripe for robotics to launch itself into an entirely new marketplace.Engelberger's starting point is the fact that it is now feasible to equip robots with a wide repertoire of senses and to provide them with at least rudimentary intelligence. We can produce a range of robotic devices that can be put to work performing a variety of services that have become increasingly unattractive to the human labor force because of their mundane nature or the dangers they involve.Part I of the book provides a robotics technology update, concentrating on the new developments, particularly in sensory equipment and artificial intelligence. Part II examines in detail 15 specific applications - ranging from commercial cleaning and fast food service to jobs in space and aid for the handicapped and the elderly - that are ripe for exploitation.Joseph F. Engelberger was the founder of Unimation, the first manufacturer of industrial robots in the world. He is a past president of the Robot Institute of America and currently Chairman of Transition Research Corporation

 

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Contents

Introduction
17
6 Mobile robot
22
Control Systems
30
3 Levels of robot intelligence
37
Sensory Perception
45
2 3 Photoelectric proximity sensing
50
3 1 Polaroid ultrasound range sensor
53
4 5 Log polar remapping
66
Artificial Intelligence
99
Introduction
127
1 6 Robotic decontamination
181
5 1 Robotized steel erection
199
Aiding the Handicapped and the Elderly
210
1 Seeingeye dog
213
5 A few simple robot tasks
226
Further Reading
235

8 4 Tactile array single site
80
9 7 Eyeinhand view of grip point
93

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