35 innovators under 35 2013

Kristi Anseth, David Berry, Edward Boyden, Yet Ming Chiang, James Collins, Jennifer Elisseeff, Javier García-Martínez, Eric Horvitz, Naval Ravikant, John Rogers, Umar Saif, Sophie Vandebroek, Ben Zhao, Daphne Zohar, Ken Zolot

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Robot Operating System, or ROS, is poised to do the same for robots. Morgan Quigley programmed the first iteration of what grew into ROS as a graduate student in 2006, and today his opensource code is redefining the practical limits of robotics. Since version 1.0 was released in 2010, ROS has become the de facto standard in robotics software. Unlike more conventional robotic technology, Quigley's four-fingered hand is not controlled by a central processor. Its fingers and palm distribute computing chores among 14 low-cost, low-power processors dedicated to controlling each joint directly. The masterstroke in Quigley's design is not strictly technical but social. Members of the community who produce a finished release can distribute it themselves, rather than having to house it on central servers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-83
Number of pages58
JournalTechnology Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013

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  • General Engineering


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