What is a collaborative robot used for?

What is a collaborative robot used for?

In this short answer, we answer the question about what a collaborative robot is asked by one of our beloved followers. For a long time, industrial robots, which were primarily programmable robotic arms, were put in a cage separated from human workers because they were not safe to be used in proximity of humans. They were mainly used to conduct dangerous tasks unsafe for human workers. For a long time, industrial robots were put in a cage separated from human workers. Fast forward several decades, with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), advanced sensors, and…
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Robot Grasping in a Heavily Cluttered Environment

Robot Grasping in a Heavily Cluttered Environment

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) student Dongwon Son has recently published interesting research about reactive grasping in a heavily cluttered environment in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Reactive robot grasping in a Heavily cluttered environment. Courtesy of Samsung Research and Dongwon Son. This study proposed a closed-loop framework for predicting the six-degree-of-freedom (dof) grasp in a heavily cluttered environment using vision observations. prediction results in robot grasping. Courtesy of Samsung Research and Dongwon Son. Experimental results on a robot in an environment with a lot of clutter showed that the grasping success rate had improved quantitatively compared…
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Vector Home Robot

Vector Home Robot

Vector from Digital Dream Labs (DDL) is a home robot that can tell you the weather, time your dinner, take photos, react to your touch, or even carry you to bed. Actually, not really. The last part was a joke. Vector home robot Through different embedded sensors, Vector explores and interacts with its environment, recognizes objects, and avoids obstacles. Thanks to the Vision Intelligence 200 Platform's powerful image processing and machine learning, the Vector can navigate autonomously and detect objects and sounds. There are also touch sensors, four microphones arranged in an array to detect sounds and recognize natural speech,…
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Automatic Feeding Robot

Automatic Feeding Robot

An NSF-funded project to help mitigate the problems of people with decreased mobility, especially with eating, is being conducted under the supervision of Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee at Cornell University. Image credit: Cornell University As a result of human-in-the-loop manipulation, the robot's control algorithms learn from human feedback in order to perform complex tasks related to eating. Image credit: Cornell University People who suffer from spinal cord injuries or people with limited mobility due to stroke could benefit from this research by being able to independently perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Watch a short video of this below: More information:https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2022/01/robot-assisted-feeding-focus-15m-nsf-grant Thanks…
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Labrador Retriever Robot: an Assistive Robot for Elderly

Labrador Retriever Robot: an Assistive Robot for Elderly

Labrador Systems, a company that makes assistive home robots, recently made Labrador Retriever which is an autonomous service robot to make life easier for senior adults or people with disabilities to move or "retrieve" things at home. Image credit: Labrador Systems Initially, the robot should be trained to build a map for the home. This training is done using a set of routes and stops (places that the robot should go, such as by the fridge) based on the customer's needs and preferences. Image credit: Labrador Systems Then the robot can navigate through the home autonomously using 3D vision and…
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Controlling a Robotic Arm with Brain

Controlling a Robotic Arm with Brain

Two research groups at EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) supervised by Prof. Aude G. Billard, and Prof. José del R. Millán developed a machine learning (ML) algorithm that can learn from the patient's thoughts and enables to control a robot's movements based on electrical signals from the brain. Image credit: EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) This research has potential applications to help tetraplegic patients who are unable to speak or perform any movement to independently perform activities of daily living (ADL). Key points: Patients move the robot with their thoughts, and no auditory or tactile feedback is needed.The…
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