Going Places with the Telebot
The traditional robot is a mechanical contraption that operates under its own volition. The robot’s maker uploads a program to its brain, disconnects the cable, and lets the beast roam free.
And yet that’s only one type of robot. Another is the remotely operated kind, where a human guides the actions of the bot from afar. A link, wired or wireless, keeps maker and robot in constant communication. If the bot is in another room—or even another building, city, state, or country—a video camera beams back pictures so that what the machine sees, its human operator can see as well.
This is telerobotics: tele for distant, and robotics for, well, you know that part already. A telerobot is remotely controlled, ...