26 August 1999 Intelligent robot trends and predictions for the new millennium
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An intelligent robot is a remarkably useful combination of a manipulator, sensors and controls. The current use of these machines in outer space, medicine, hazardous materials, defense applications and industry is being pursued with vigor but little funding. In factory automation such robotics machines can improve productivity, increase product quality and improve competitiveness. The computer and the robot have both been developed during recent times. The intelligent robot combines both technologies and requires a thorough understanding and knowledge of mechatronics. In honor of the new millennium, this paper will present a discussion of futuristic trends and predictions. However, in keeping with technical tradition, a new technique for 'Follow the Leader' will also be presented in the hope of it becoming a new, useful and non-obvious technique.
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Ernest L. Hall, Terrell Nathan Mundhenk, "Intelligent robot trends and predictions for the new millennium", Proc. SPIE 3837, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XVIII: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision, (26 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360303; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.360303
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