As he began writing the first novel in the Foundation series, American science fiction author Isaac Asimov imagined a future filled with tragic emperors, crumbling empires, huge spaceships and imaginative technological gadgets. While man has yet to encounter Martians or set up a colony on the moon, he has taken a step forward towards realizing Asimov’s vision by creating artificial beings or robots.
Robots played a major role in Asimov’s imagined world. But unlike other sci-fi authors, Asimov didn’t view robots as evil beings destined, like Pinky and the Brain, to take over the world. In fact, the Foundation robots were bound to the Three Laws of Robotics:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
However, while Asimov could only imagine robots back in the 1950’s, the 21st century has seen the robotics industry turn fiction into reality – and we’re excited to be part of it. PrimeSense 3D sensing technology gives devices the gift of sight, thereby turning them into smart devices that can understand their surroundings and interact with humans.
Robots that have 3D vision are able to move around in a given space, identify objects in their field of vision and carry out complicated tasks. So envision a service robot that can assist the elderly move around their home without being injured and you’ll understand where we’re headed. That’s the world PrimeSense imagines, and there’s a lot more to it. Natural Interaction® is changing the way we interact with devices in many different aspects of life. Window shopping, physiotherapy, you name it.The possibilities are infinite.
Ever dream of window shopping as you stroll down main street at night? Your dreams are about to become true. A PrimeSense sensor placed outside a store window could detect your arrival and offer you on the window screen the store selection, even after hours. You could virtually try on any item in the store using gesture control, sign your name in midair and walk on home Pretty Woman style.
Another example is elevators that can analyze the amount of people waiting for them and time their arrival on each floor, or cleaning robots that know not to wake up your sleeping dog.
PrimeSense sensors used in a smart home environment would be able to monitor the activity of people in the house and analyze their movements. Such products could detect whether someone in the home has fallen and, if necessary, automatically contact emergency services.
Physiotherapy is just one more field that will be forever changed by 3D motion analysis. Imagine people who sustained injury doing their physiotherapy training at home while skiing down the slopes of the Alps or hiking up Kilimanjaro. The PrimeSense sensor monitors the patient’s movements and sends the data to the physician that can reply with immediate feedback correcting the errors.
These are just a few examples of the impact 3D sensing could have on our world. We are committed to transforming our vision of the future into reality by creating solutions that are truly beyond the state of the art.
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