One clay rectangle at a time, row upon rows of brick and mortar, was laid by SAM. However, SAM isn’t a mason. SAM100 is a bricklaying robot – the first to be used in the state of Nevada. The new University of Nevada, Reno Arts Building employed state-of-the-art technology in the construction of the $35.5 million facility.
Robots are rapidly transforming the way we live and work — and now they are playing a pivotal role in health care and the advancement of surgical techniques, including at Carson Tahoe Health here in Northern Nevada.
Cleaning up old nuclear waste sites around the country is a long, expensive and dangerous process – and autonomous robot research at the University of Nevada, Reno promises to help that process with a combination of advanced, intelligent, autonomous aerial and ground robots with a new level of perception, navigation and planning abilities.
What’s next? We already have Megatron, R2-D2, Optimus Prime and Rosie. On back-to-back days at Western Nevada College, students immersed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education showed what they could do when their minds were stimulated through technology and robotics.
A hand-worn robotic device is being developed that will help millions of blind and visually impaired people navigate past movable obstacles or assist in their ability to pre-locate, pre-sense and grasp an object. In a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, researchers will develop new technology, with co-robotic functions currently unavailable in assistive devices, for the wearable robotic device.
The review of technology advancements and how they will impact our businesses and lives is a popular topic in industry journals and on the web. While I realize that not everyone spends time exploring these sources to learn about the latest developments and logical predictions, I am always surprised when a job applicant is unaware about how changes and trends in technology may impact their chosen profession and derail their career.