Just a Little Bit of Technology Awesome: Oracle HQ & Java Host Launch CMU event

By Misha Vaughan, Oracle Applications User Experience



I got to see a giant monkey robot.

In June at the Launch CMU event, a research and technology startup showcase at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, Calif, the giant monkey robot was part of an event called “Revealing Roboburgh.” There were about 150 attendees, mostly alumni from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  According to Michelle Kovac, Director, Java Marketing, the goal of the event was to align venture capital funding with innovations to accelerate the commercialization of university projects.  





The Monkey Robot, I mean CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform).

We are always interested in emerging technology and new ideas, and part of our charter is to pay attention to emerging technology trends. We never know how these things might translate for enterprise users.  I attended to look for things that were both fun and improve the quality of life.

Co-worker Kathy Miedema and I understood the value of the event from a consumer perspective immediately.  We walked in during the middle of a presentation on a robotic child bounce seat, robotic self-folding stroller, and robotic self-installing car seat by 4Moms. If my kids were small, I would totally buy all of that. I also thought it was pretty awesome to see a “print-your-own circuit board” by AgIC, which was instant circuit board prototyping, for making circuit boards in your own home or office.

Kathy said she was interested in the medical innovations and medical devices.  There was some cool stuff around joint replacements and dietary monitoring.

Back to the robot – it is a pretty amazing concept. It’s actually called the Tartan Rescue C.H.I.M.P., CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platforms. It is CMU’s bid in the DARPA challenge to build robots that can respond to man-made and natural disasters, like the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident during an earthquake in 2011.

I was enthused to see Oracle co-sponsoring this event with the CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and I can’t wait to see what they bring next year!

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