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RoboEarth is like a cloud-based brain for robots

Jan 15 2014, 10:18am CST | by , in News | Technology News

RoboEarth is like a cloud-based brain for robots
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One bot can learn how to perform a task and then share the steps on RoboEarth

A group of researches in the EU is testing out what they call RoboEarth. RoboEarth is described as a world wide web for robots. The system is being tested at Eindhoven University using a mock hospital room. The idea is that the RoboEarth network would be used as a sort of brain for robots to help offload some of the processing power needed and help improve their battery life.

In the tests one robot will go into the mock room and map the area for navigation. That map will be shared on RoboEarth for other robots to access so they know how to navigate without scanning the room themselves or having to be programmed.

Other bots used in the test will complete tasks that are shared on RoboEarth like serving drinks or opening pill bottles. The tests in the mock hospital room are the culmination of a four-year project funded by the EU reports BBC.

"At its core RoboEarth is a world wide web for robots: a giant network and database repository where robots can share information and learn from each other," said Rene van de Molengraft, the RoboEarth project leader.

"A task like opening a box of pills can be shared on RoboEarth, so other robots can also do it without having to be programmed for that specific type of box," he added.

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