It was a video of a waving robot that attracted NASA to the world’s most isolated city. Engineers at Woodside Petroleum Ltd. in Perth, Australia, were just “messing around” teaching a toy robot to wave when they filmed it, Chief Technology Officer Shaun Gregory told a conference recently, but NASA liked what it saw. The U.S. space agency got in touch, and the two are now studying how to use robot technology to tackle problems in remote and difficult locations.
This sort of collaboration represents exactly what Australia’s largest state is trying to achieve. With some of the world’s biggest resource companies operating in the region, the state aims to become a hot spot for developing technology to help miners and oil explorers cut costs and boost efficiency.
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