A robot revolution is well underway, driven by core technologies

When the internal combustion engine became reliable and dropped in price in the early 20th century, the technology began to see broad adoption both inside and outside transportation. Engines were used to pump water, create electricity, and power factories. The steam age quickly gave way to the age of combustion, and the modern world sprang into existence. We're seeing a similar pattern in robotics as core technologies, such as sensors and encoders, become cheaper and more reliable, leading to an explosion in the number of robotics applications.
Operating systems that power robots are key in this sense. ROS, the Robotic Operating System, has been foundational in robotics development, offering an open-source ecosystem for developers to create robots of striking diversity. We're also starting to see proprietary third-party operating systems that used to power an array of robotics applications that might otherwise take years of development to bring online.

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