According to the International Federation of Robotics there are now 1.1 million working robots in the world. In car manufacture, for instance, about 80% of the production is completed by machines.- from "Robot Baxter joins factory line," BBC, September 18, 2012
According to the International Federation of Robotics there are now 1.1 million working robots in the world. In car manufacture, for instance, about 80% of the production is completed by machines.
- from "Robot Baxter joins factory line," BBC, September 18, 2012
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A humanoid robot designed to work safely alongside people on factory production lines has been unveiled in the US. Its makers, Rethink Robotics, say it can apply common sense, adapt to its environment and be trained in less than 30 minutes to complete specific tasks, by workers without robotic expertise. Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics founder and former director of the MIT Computer and Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, said he hoped Baxter represented a "new concept in manufacturing". According to the International Federation of Robotics there are now 1.1 million working robots in the world.
Baxter, the first product of Rethink Robotics, an ambitious start-up company in a revived manufacturing district here, is a significant bet that robots in the future will work directly with humans in the workplace.... The robot’s redundant layers of safety mechanisms include a crown of sonar sensors ringing its head that automatically slows its movements whenever a human approaches. Its computer-screen face turns red to let workers know that it is aware of their presence. ...Soon, Dr. Brooks predicts, robots will be mingling with humans, routinely and safely.
Baxter, the first product of Rethink Robotics, an ambitious start-up company in a revived manufacturing district here, is a significant bet that robots in the future will work directly with humans in the workplace.
... The robot’s redundant layers of safety mechanisms include a crown of sonar sensors ringing its head that automatically slows its movements whenever a human approaches. Its computer-screen face turns red to let workers know that it is aware of their presence. ...
Soon, Dr. Brooks predicts, robots will be mingling with humans, routinely and safely.
Robot avatars will provide a new level of freedom and interaction for the disabled, elderly, or bed-ridden that they do not currently enjoy -- some even controlled by a user's thoughts, say scientists, inventors and enthusiasts. Humanoid Robot Learns Like a Child "This is liberating for the person [who is disabled]," Sawyer told FoxNews.com. Yet, the NetHead telepresence system and other fully autonomous robots will one day help the disabled to participate in meetings, join community groups, attend school functions, and even work in an office -- all from a remote computer.
Switzerland's ABB has a concept factory robot that's humanoid and agile, and it won't crush a stray human hand. Frida can manipulate small parts. Swiss automation firm ABB is showing off a concept factory robot called Frida that's more humanoid than the typical one-armed drones on the assembly line. It has seven-axis arms, flexible grippers, and camera-based parts location and runs via ABB's IRC5 controller. If you have a question or comment for Tim Hornyak, you can submit it here.
A ROBOT that automatically categorises waste from construction and demolition projects could enable valuable raw materials to be recycled instead of ending up in landfill. Industrial robots normally excel at precise tasks in controlled environments, such as assembling cars. Since the launch of the test phase in February, the robot has learned to correctly identify half of the construction debris it is fed. But in the US, construction waste accounts for 50 per cent of all landfill material, according to the Construction Materials Recycling Association.
What does 2011 hold for the field of robotics? "There are a lot of innovations in the PR2, but the most significant thing from my perspective is that it is a standardized, well-designed, well-tested platform that has a whole bunch of software that works right out of the box," says Charles Kemp, an assistant biomedical engineering professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "You never had that situation before." Kemp and his team at Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab, which he formed in 2007, are focused on creating robots that can safely and effectively help care for senior citizens. Great GATSBII* Kemp sees the combination of his PR2, named GATSBII, and a free and open-source robot operating system as a way to accelerate his lab's work with the help of a standardized platform and a budding community of roboticists working with the same tools who can now offer more practical advice to one another.
A restaurant that opened this month in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong uses robots for waiters, boosting efficiency and providing further proof that human beings are superfluous. Machines don't grumble over tips. They have a better service attitude than humans, Humans can be temperamental or impatient, but [the robo-waiters] don't feel tired, they just keep working and moving round and round the restaurant all night.
The scientists and engineers at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference are creating a world in which cars drive themselves, machines recognize people and “understand” their emotions, and humanoid robots travel unattended, performing everything from mundane factory tasks to emergency rescues.
Robots that can hunt out snacks and wipe tables have been competing in the world league of intelligent mechanoids. The RoboCup competition, which features engineers from 40 countries, has been taking place in Istanbul and now includes home robot trials. Machines are tested on their ability to throw away rubbish, clean tables and fetch tasty treats from the kitchen.
Honda unveiled "All-new ASIMO", a new version of their humanoid robot. It can run at 9kph and hop on one or both legs, and more.
Microsoft may have found a breakthrough in artificial intelligence with the creation of a robot that can sense humans and their movements, a Virtual Admin. Interview with Eric Horvitz.
Four students in Portugal have built a robot which will help clean floors.
The machine can run itself, using barcodes on the walls to work out where in a building it is, or it can be controlled by a user for more complicated manoeuvres.
In today’s episode we speak with Rodney Brooks at the offices of Rethink Robotics about their first product Baxter, his ambition to revolutionize manufacturing and latest tips for young entrepreneurs.