It makes me wonder if our debug messages couldn't be a little clearer through collaboration with artists.
While dedicating time to work with artists might be viewed as a distraction, I believe there are some potential benefits. Robotics and computer vision researchers may want to think about adding funding for an artist to their next grant proposal to help the public understanding what robots do. Videos like the one above can help explain the research to the innumerate which helps ensure public support for future funding. They can also help make the technology more compatible with humans.
Looking at the above example, one wonder if things like QR Codes could have been more beautiful to look at if we had more input from artists, instead of seeing them exploit error correction to insert art.
The New Aesthetic is also nice because it means that the robot safety products are not just a great tool for keeping your robotics lab safe, but apparently they are also art. Now that I think about it, perhaps we should offer cryptographically signed and numbered copies.
Over at I Heart Engineering we have upgraded some of our product packaging. Here are some of the design concepts.
These stickers are important, because this means we can make packaging for selling quantity one of prototype designs. This in line with our philosophy of lowering the cost of failure. Fail early, fail often, succeed occasionally.
Below are the chosen designs, color for the inkjet and bw for the laser printer.
In addition to safer shipping, it is now much easier to find things in the stock area.
A few years ago I thought that the age of telerobotics would have arrived when someone gave a Google tech talk using one, and where the subject of the talk was not robotics related.
Well, that has now happened.
The telerobot is made by Anybots, and there's one obvious noteworthy point: the robot just isn't expressive enough. Without more capacity for expression, the robot becomes just an uninteresting prop on the stage. It does have a display, but it's way too small to see the speaker's face.
For telerobots like this the screen needs to be of a similar size to a tablet computer, with face detection used to crop and scale the image in such a way that it's of similar dimensions to a human head. Then I think the experience for users, or for an audience, would be more interesting.
But of course this is just the start, so I expect that in time those ergonomic modifications will come.