By Andy Choi
SRI International showcased the operation of its Taurus dexterous telemanipulation robot at the ‘Robot Block Party’, on April 11, 2012 at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) of Stanford University.
This demonstration at VAIL involved SRI researchers. These researchers will enable the direction of Taurus in holding and to further engineer the objects by using an advanced controller with an in-built 3D HD display. Taurus was designed by SRI, through which bomb squad technicians can remotely operate the improvised explosive devices. Furthermore, it helps achieve surgical-like accuracy in a portable, modular, compact frame.
This event titled ‘Robot Block Party’ is open to the public. It is being conducted in commemoration of Silicon Valley's robotics contributions. Its main objective is to motivate students of all ages to carry out their innovative careers in robotics, also in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and related branches of study. As a part of the third annual National Robotics Week, this event was hosted by Silicon Valley Robotics. This well-established company represents the consortium of Bay Area's dynamic robotics companies. The block party is one among the many events to be conducted across the nation to exhibit the innovations in robotics and to alert the public on the impacts created by robotics technology in the society.
SRI will feature ‘Robotic technologies now and in the future’ at Silicon Valley during the Xconomy Forum titled ‘The Future of Robotics and Beyond’, scheduled to take place in SRI's HQ in Menlo Park on May 3,2012.