We found this Design News article to be very informative and wanted to make sure we shared it with our followers. There have been some amazing innovations in 2011 and we cannot wait to see what 2012 will bring!
The five most important robotics trends of 2011 enable volume manufacturing and aim at further integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems. Some of the trends outlined discuss very targeted applications, from bomb sniffing to baggage handling, but the developments in each are relevant to other, sometimes very different, types of applications. These developments concern both the design of robots themselves and the systems in which they work.
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