It wasn’t too long ago that the desktop computer was considered the hottest technology and something everyone wanted. We moved from the desktop to the laptop and today have access to an even greater technology. The Android Tablet, and similar tablet computers, have quickly impacted the way we communicate with each other. Like all pieces of technology, it is also being used as a springboard for new technologies. In fact, today, many tablet computers are being utilized in conjunction with robotics to create a new breed of robot. When robotics meet tablets, the sky is the limit.
Tablets, like the Android Tablet, are being utilized in several different ways to help create a more fully functioning robotic machine. For example, a company in France has developed Kompai, a robot companion. Engineered to serve as a helping hand to the elderly or other home bound individuals, the robot uses a tablet interface to ensure the end user can easily communicate with the robot. It can be used to help with a variety of everyday tasks, but is primarily used as a communication tool.
In other cases, engineers are utilizing the Android Tablet as a sort of control interface for basic robots and their functions. Its wireless capabilities makes it the ideal ‘remote control’ for simple robots. As technology continues to grow and we reach a higher understanding of the field of robotics, tablet computers will continue to play a big role in how we engineer and communicate with the robots of the future.