by Disha Ganguli
May 27, 2021
An overview of the concept of Cloud Robotics
The term “cloud robotics” was coined by James Kuffner in 2010. The concept of “cloud robots,” as the name implies, means a fusion of robotics and cloud computing. This fusion aims to enable “extensive and shared brain” in robots. The idea is to equip robots to use the expanded brain, establishing a common database to collect and organize information about the existing immediate environment, and robotic skills and behavior.
Brief understanding of the RoboEarth project
It is crucial to understand the RoboEarth project, as it marks the beginning of robotics in the cloud. The RoboEarth project was an EU project (2010-2014), which aimed to create an “Internet for robots” so that robots could run on a shared common knowledge base and an expanded brain.
A new perspective on robotics in the cloud Rapyuta
Rapyuta is a robotics solutions development platform that has a long decade of experience in cloud robotics. It works to build solutions with cloud robotics to extend the dimensions of cloud robotics and make it broader.
The image of cloud robotics goes beyond the brain. A brain, be it a human being, an animal or a machine, needs a body. Proper synchronization of a brain and a body will allow the composition of sensors to understand the environment.
In this context, it is important to understand the “people and processes approach to technology” approach. The ultimate goal of combining cloud computing and robotics is to make robots easily accessible to humans. Technological needs vary from person to person. Here comes the approach of “looking beyond the robot’s brain” to improve flexibility when it comes to customizing cloud robots that fit people’s needs and expectations.
However, this approach in no way tends to discuss the benefits of connecting cloud computing and robots. The belief is still rooted in the expanded and shared brain.
The complexities that prevent cloud robotics from being primary
Rapyuta cites possible existing problems that prevent cloud robotics and robotics in general from entering the mainstream.
Robotics often intimidates those who are not well equipped with technical knowledge. They tend to evade the adoption of complications from robotics.
A much needed check is that robots are designed for a very specific purpose. This makes robots inflexible to the environment.
Most robotics solutions only provide on-site physical access in an operational and scale challenge.
What should cloud robotics be?
In the modern era, when robots are progressively increasing in the domain, cloud robotics companies and labs aim to improve the elasticity of cloud robotics that can meet the comfort of end users. The main goal is for robots to be ubiquitous to the extent that people can access them via Internet browsers.
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