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Kickstarter campaign trying to make robotic powertools a reality

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How long will it be before robotic tools make their way to your job site?

It may not be as far off as you think thanks to a wildly successful Kickstart crowd-funding campaign. Meet Handibot, a smart digital power tool designed to run from apps on smartphones, tablets or PCs.

According to developers at ShopBot Tools:

A Handibot tool is a new kind of portable, digitally-controlled power tool for cutting, drilling, carving, and many other machining operations– a first Universal Digital Power Tool (UDPT) – or just, a Smart Tool. If you’re familiar with industrial CNC (computer numerically controlled) equipment, think of the Handibot tool as a portable version of CNC. But instead of taking material to a stationary machine, you bring the Handibot to your material — your jobsite, your remodeling task, your project, your work.

You can put your Handibot tool to work on a table, the floor, the ceiling, the wall, wherever you need to precisely cut, drill, or carve. Armed with a software application developed just for the kind of job you need to do, a Handibot tool is ready to go to work on your job, task, or project with a squeeze of the “Start” button.

Would you be willing to purchase and use a Handibot someday?