ROBOTICS, ROBOT industry, OPEN source software, ACCESS to information, RAPID prototyping, ECONOMICS, THREE-dimensional printing, COMPUTER operating system software, and ROBOTICS software
The article reports on the field of robotics as of May 1, 2013. The emergence of 3-D printing technology that makes rapid prototyping cheaper and the availability of technologies from other industries such as mobile-device manufacturing that can be leveraged as components in robotics design are accelerating advancements in robotics. The article notes capital efficiency and lower costs make the industry more appealing to investors. The open-source robotics operating system (ROS) developed by Wülow Garage and the "maker" economy or creative movement inspired by open-source software and hardware also contribute to engineers', inventors', and entrepreneurs' interest in robotics. INSETS: Danger, Will Robinson!;REAL-WORLD APPS.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ELECTRONIC commerce, RAPID prototyping, ONLINE data processing, and VIRTUAL communities
The article focuses on the innovation centers used by large companies to encourage and implement new ideas. According to the author, most entrepreneurial companies cannot afford an innovation center, but they can apply some principles, like combine ideas, think backwards, doing rapid prototyping, create an internal incubation fund and taking it online.
NEW product development, PRODUCT management, RAPID prototyping, SMALL business, 3-D printers, and THREE-dimensional printing
The article considers three-dimensional printing and its role in small business. Fused deposition modeling 3-D printers and selective laser sintering (SLS) 3-D printers are discussed. The advantages three-dimensional printing offers small businesses in fields such as prototyping and design of new products are discussed. The company Olloclip, which produces camera lens for the iPhone smartphone, is used as an example of a small business employing three-dimensional printing
BUSINESS enterprises, SECOND Life (Game), VIRTUAL reality, COMPUTER simulation, SHARED virtual environments, and SERVICES for
The article discusses Second Life Enterprise, a virtual meeting space and prototyping tool for businesses that is modeled after the three dimensional virtual world game Second Life and allows businesses to create a private world behind their own computer firewalls. A discussion of the features and attributes of the Second Life Enterprise package, which will retail for $55,000, is presented.