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Keywords: Robotics, Internet
This is the web site of BARA (formerly known as the British Robot Association). Its aim is to promote the use of, and assist in the development of automation in British industry. Having recently had a revamp this site is really worth visiting. The useful case studies give an insight into the diverse applications that robotics and automation are used within industry. Other useful areas include situations vacant, press releases, a diary of BARA events and statistics. An “Introduction to Robots” a downloadable report contains information on the basics or robots and their functions and applications. The video section contains downloadable footage of robots in actual use from moving beer barrels to baby food, although they may take a little while to download due to the file sizes it makes interesting viewing.
This site has many pdf files to download which makes it pleasant to use as the information can be printed or read offline.
This is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's technical committee on Service Robots. Although some areas are still under construction (mainly the technologies section), this site contains details about all areas of service robots ranging from agriculture and harvesting to fire fighting. Each application section is usefully divided into organizations, research labs, companies, projects, conferences, journals, publications, articles, tutorials/seminars, fairs/ exhibits and contests. From these subsections it is simple to navigate to other sites in that particular area of interest. A diary and news section is also contained. A visit is recommended.
iRobot is “dedicated to creating realistic robotic solutions to real-world problems”. Their site has domestic robotic products that are available to purchase online for example the iRobot Roomba is an intelligent and effective robotic vacuum. There are also details about their robots that are used in the military and other industrial applications. Company information, research projects and news is also contained within this site.