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There is an interesting active EU Call for Projects on Health, Aging and Robotics.
Topic identifier: SC1-PM-14-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015
Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date: 20 October 2015
Deadline: 07 June 2016 17:00:00
For more information and explanations, see TechFunding.eu.
This call is part of the big Horizon 2020 programme.
Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Health, demographic change and well-being
Call identifier: H2020-SC1-2016-2017
CALL: PERSONALISED MEDICINE
Besides the trade shows and Japan, the ‘DARPA Challenges’, from the USA, are also nice to watch. There you see robots performing in various dream scenarios. And you also get to see them fall and fail in conditions that resemble the real world (a kind of challenging track with asignments).
The DARPA Challenge 2015 (Motherboard)
Interestingly, the South Korean team of KAIST won the grand prize of two million dollars.
Besides visiting trade shows , visiting Japan is also worthwhile to keep up with developments in robotics. Not fond of flying or short on budget? The internet helps!
Here is a nice filmpje by Motherboard with a travel report from Japan. The makers searched for ‘Robot hotels’ and also spoke to people actually spending the night there.
Inside the Japanese Hotel Staffed by Robots (by Motherboard)
By far the most interesting I found the reactions of the actual users at the end of the movie. I believe these reactions show that the Japanese are not that different from other people when it comes to robots. These reactions could easily have come from a group of Dutch people.
It is good to visit trade shows on robotics. It gives you a good overview of the possibilities and the most important main stream developments in the industry.
Here is a recent clip from ‘Automate 2015′. It is fairly long, but I believe it provides a very nice overview of where the markets and the industry are at the moment. These are the things where people in robotics earn a living on, now and for the next five years or so. The Automate Show is held every two year in Michigan (US).
In the Netherlands there is a similar event every year, that I highly recommend: The Vision & Robotics trade show in Veldhoven. This year on June 1 en 2.
Er is een robot in de maak, in de US bij Stanford in de buurt, genaamd Veebot, die in de toekomst het bloed prikken grotendeels moet gaan automatiseren en de verpleegkundige moet ondersteunen bij het proces. Het idee is dat hierdoor bij het proces minder fout gaat, patiënten minder kans op schade hebben en de bijbehorende kosten daarmee dalen. Wat het apparaat zelf zou moeten gaan kosten is nog niet duidelijk. Het bedrijfje zelf, Veebot LCC, presenteert zijn ideeën wel op hun website maar treedt niet in details: http://www.veebot.com/
Here is a video report from PandoList about Veebot, from may 2012.
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