We will discuss some important non-technical aspects of robotics. What are the problems facing our society that robots might help to address? There are lots of tasks that robots could do, but should they? What are the ethical considerations around robots? Why are people scared of robots?
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We introduce serial-link robot manipulators, the sort of robot arms you might have seen working in factories doing tasks like welding, spray painting or material transfer. We will learn how we can compute the pose of the robot‘s end-effector given knowledge of the robot‘s joint angles and the dimensions of its links.
We introduce the topic of robotics, the recent history, why we need robots and the future of robots.
Building a highly accurate robot is not trivial yet we can perform fine positioning tasks like threading a needle using hand-eye coordination. For a robot we call this visual servoing.
Vision is useful to us and to almost all forms of life on the planet, perhaps robots could do more if they could also see. Robots could mimic human stereo vision or use cameras with superhuman capability such as wide angle or panoramic views.
Let’s recap what robots are, where they’ve come from and what they can do. Robots use sensors to understand their world and plan an action to achieve their goal.
We start by looking at a number of different types of robot arm with particular focus on serial-link robot manipulators.
Without doubt robots are cool, but why do we need them? Let’s discuss some of the things that robots can help people do.
Much of what we know about robots comes from fiction. Let’s look at fictional robots and the underlying reality.
In this mini-documentary we look at a diverse range of real-world robots, discuss what they do and how they do it.