of Science this weekend, as part of National Robotics Week 2012, the annual Robot Block Party showcased the Future of Robotics with over 20 different robotics companies and research institutions showcasing robots of today and talking about how robots will be used in the future. The MassTLC robotics cluster was a proud sponsor of the event with participating member companies: Adept Mobile Robots, Myomo, Hydroid, iRobot, Jaybridge Robtics, Energid, Harvest Automation, Aldebaran, Bluefin Robotics, MIT, Tufts University, vGo Communications and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
"We are in a golden age of growth," said Professor Dinos Mavroidis from Northeastern University's Biomechatronics lab, when talking about the surge in applications of robotics technologies in assisting humans. Robots are being used today to keep our soldiers safer on the battlefield, assist doctors in surgery, create better outcomes for physical therapies and reshape the way we think about farming. In the future it is easy to imagine autonomous surgeries, tractors, airplanes and vehicles. Robots are also paving the way to keeping us in our homes longer as we age, with virtual doctor visits and telepresence robots. The future is very bright for robotics applications that will impact our daily lives in a positive way.