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Automation has significantly advanced many fields of science and technology in the modern era. In our homes, automation comes in the form of smart gadgets and appliances that can be paired with motion systems like 12v progressive actuators, which can significantly ease repetitive tasks in the comfort of our homes.
Robotics has now acquired a new level of sensitivity, or should we call it, intelligence. Mechanical arms can now be trained to handle radioactive materials to dangerous bomb disposal techniques in war zones across the world. Modern surgery can also be performed with programmed machines which can outperform even real physicians.
However, the revolutionizing sensitivity of robots can never surpass the empathic touch of a human being, and this still poses challenges within the technological field. The term that scientists refer to as “Increased Cognitive Load” which urges robotics, software, and hardware development to design robots that wouldn’t undergo such time wasting junk thoughts. This is a mechanical problem rather than a physiological one. But programming a robot to feel is rather difficult in our age. However, difficult does not mean impossible for our scientists as they are now developing ways to create even more powerful robots by creating machines that can feel. This field of science is called haptic technology, and it deals with one of the most challenging areas of research yet. Built with new sensors and feedback systems, our robots are becoming more intelligent and show promising progress in the near future.
The core knowledge and technological idea that surrounds this topic is an innate mechanical understanding of vibration as it is the most common in haptics and feedback generation. Shedding light on that concept with robotics, it makes vibrations or human error at a minimal level. With smart technology, a steady tool is an essential element in surgical medicine. More and more doctors are clinging to new technology to bridge the gap between mechanical and biological skills.
Sensitive robots can be used by medical doctors to minimize human inconsistency. A prototype linear actuator was used to demonstrate a headband mounted mechanism that could move up and down, rather than be equipped with a circular motion typical of many motor designs. This allows for surgeons to be capable of delicately handling fragile tissues, cells, and other human body parts with the use of mechanical intelligence.
Haptics Technology does not confine itself to the medical field. Increasing sensitivity of robots can be beneficial to jobs that require exposure to dangerous environments, i.e. Radioactive Nuclear Powerplants, bomb-riddled warzones, search and rescue missions, etc. This field of scientific query can minimize risks of losing human lives and can efficiently perform their task assigned to them. In the future, this technology is sure to invade the technologies that we use in our workplaces, homes and leisure places. Certainly, this technology will uplift our humanity through automation; smartification and it will ease the lifestyle of human activities if utilized correctly and appropriately.