The RoboEarth platform, described as a kind of Wikipedia for robots, will be presented this week to a delegation from the European Commission after four years of development. The platform connects robots to the Internet so they can flexibly deal with new situations and conditions.
"The problem right now is that robots are often developed specifically for one task," says RoboEarth project leader Rene van de Molengraft at the Eindhoven University of Technology. "Everyday changes that happen all the time in our environment make all the programmed actions unusable. But RoboEarth simply lets robots learn new tasks and situations from each other."
With RoboEarth, robots do not need to be programmed for every task or condition. RoboEarth enables robots to share their knowledge and experience worldwide on a central, online database, enabling other robots to learn new tasks and situations. The system also has a cloud engine for carrying out computing and thinking tasks, which means robots do not need as much computing or battery power on-board.
Researchers from Philips, ETH Zurich, TU Munchen, and the universities of Zaragoza and Stuttgart also participated in the project.
From Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
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