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If the experiments are successful, Robot Taxi expects to have a fully commercial service up and running by 2020. The idea, at least initially, will be to run routes in places where public transport isn't built out, as well as helping tourists get around. If you check out the video below, you'll notice that the stars of the clip aren't hip young millennials, but an elderly couple looking to get out and about.
Japan, if you didn't know, has the world's highest population of older people, with 33 percent of its population having celebrated their 60th birthday. As a consequence, there's an urgent need to care for these citizens, which the nation is doing by trying to develop robots that can do the leg work. That includes handing out IBM-tweaked iPads that can help senior citizens to organize their medication, shopping and exercise schedules. Then there's a robotic bear that is designed to help carry those with poor mobility from one place to another. It won't be long until there's robots designed to carry out tasks like washing your hair... nope, they already exist too. (engadget)
Inspired by the mercurial T-1000 bot from Terminator 2, University of North Carolina professor Joseph DeSimone wanted to make objects emerge from liquid. The process is based on a 30-year-old printing technology called stereolithography. It starts with a bath of liquid resin that hardens when exposed to UV light. A projector underneath delivers targeted blasts of UV to shape the form from below as the overhead platform lifts, drawing the object out of the soup.
The method has some limits. Oxygen inhibits the chemical reaction that solidifies the resin, slowing the process somewhat. But rather than fighting that limitation, DeSimone harnessed it. A sheet of glass between the projector and the resin is gas-permeable like a contact lens, and the oxygen keeps the resin from hardening too soon, before the object is complete.
2. UV-curable liquid resin
3. Microthin layer of oxygenated resin
4. Oxygen-permeable glass
5. Ultraviolet-light projector
Even with this effect, the Carbon3D can print up to 100 times faster than leading 3-D and stereolithographic printers. In a video that ricocheted around the Internet after DeSimone presented it at TED, the device pulls a model of the Eiffel Tower out of the goo, as if it had just been sitting in the liquid all along.
Carbon3D has a team developing new materials for the printer. “We’re pioneering new resins for our machine and also working with the chemical industry to evolve what’s already available,” says Rob Schoeben, the company’s chief marketing and strategy officer. “As long as a material is in the polymer family, we should be able to do it.”
The machine has vast potential. Rather than warehousing and shipping car parts, technicians could make components for older models on the spot from designs stored in the cloud. Aeronautical engineers could print high-strength, low-weight lattice structures to replace, for example, components in passenger seats, lightening the payload and increasing fuel efficiency in planes. And Carbon3D could prove invaluable for medical applications: Custom molds could be made onsite at a dentist’s office, and stents or other emergency implants could be custom-printed on-demand in the hospital.
Right now, Carbon3D has prototypes running at auto behemoth Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, at an athletic apparel company, and at a special-effects house in San Fernando, California, with an eye to hitting the market in 2016. But it has no shape-shifting bots that are hell bent on destroying humanity. Yet. (wired)