On this side of the recession, robots have become a fairly common sight in factories across the U.S. According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), there are some 225,000 robots at work in U.S. factories today, putting the nation second...
The human-support robot, a compact cylinder-shaped machine 37 centimeters in diameter and up to 130 centimeters tall, can be remotely controlled by a tablet computer to recognize items it is sent to fetch.
"It has to analyze the exam questions and convert formulations and equations to a form that it can process before solving it through computer algebra," said Hidenao Iwane from Fujitsu Laboratories.
Robotics helps free employees to focus their attention on value-adding activities.
Robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and nanotechnology are disruptive technologies that could lead to a stronger U.S. manufacturing sector.
It also has a camera to take pictures of areas that need cleaning.
$10 million MIT project aims to bring made-to-order robots into the home.