Jake Newberger: Robotic Trends for 2013

With advances in technology occurring every month, keeping up with robotic trends for 2013 might be a daunting task. Robotic prosthetics, robot-assisted care giving, and industrial robots continue to be burgeoning fields in 2013, according to Illah Nourbakhsh, who is a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.

Robotic prosthetics have the ability to do more than simply assist with walking; they can also be used to help the patient build stronger muscles. In terms of robot-assisted care giving, there are already places in Asia where couples leave their children at home while they go out to dinner, and if there is a problem, the robot alerts the parents. However, Nourbakhsh warns that it may still be too risky to leave children in the care of a robot. In addition, industrial robots may help with productivity, but they also cause unemployment because the robots often do the work cheaper and faster than humans could.

As an automation validation engineer for Panacea Technologies, Inc., Jake Newberger troubleshoots distributed control systems. Prior to working with the Pennsylvania-based company, he interned for Prototype Productions based in Virginia where he helped to design surgical simulators. Jacob Newberger graduated in 2011 from Penn State University, where he majored in mechanical engineering.

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