Re: Robot Vs. Human Smackdown
@zerox203- Thanks. I do think one of the issues is the teams being divided, but not necessarily by distance but by intellectual property law. If I make a catching robot, I have IP on that. If someone else makes a fast robot, they have IP on that. So now if I want to make a fast moving catching robot, I have to either re-invent the wheel on the speed thing in a way that doesn't violate their IP or I have to license. Since commercial opportunities are still limited, licensing doesn't make sense.
So I think we've got people making lots of parts of a really assume robot and someone (the Defense Department? Google?) will have to put up the money to pull all of these together into a realy fast robot that sings while it catches balls and plays chess. We're probably going to see the same problem in robots that we see in smart phones. Competing companies will be paying each other every time they make a robot because of all the patent suits.