Keyword: Collaborative Robots and Cobots

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Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The integration of collaborative robots, or cobots, into manufacturing has revolutionized traditional processes, offering an unprecedented blend of precision, productivity, and safety. Now, with advancements in AI and visual detection systems, cobots are evolving further, equipped to adapt their actions based on visual cues. Read on to learn more.
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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This article examines advancements in Flexiv’s material abrasion technology, specifically focusing on sanding and polishing applications and the utility of force control technology.
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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Material transport workflows for production and assembly lines are time-consuming, non-value-adding tasks for most manufacturers. AMRs provide a simple, efficient, and cost-effective way to automate material handling and in-house transportation tasks in nearly any situation where employees would previously have been required to push carts around the facility.
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Justin Werfel, Senior Research Fellow in Robotics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is leading a team tasked with...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Meet Air-Guardian: A system developed by researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). As modern pilots grapple with an onslaught of information from multiple monitors, especially during critical moments, Air-Guardian acts as a proactive co-pilot; a partnership between human and machine, rooted in understanding attention.
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Engineers at Princeton University and Google have come up with a new way to teach robots to know when they don’t know. The technique involves quantifying the...

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Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Software is a key component of automation, and with AI, software developers will be able to create more customized and optimized solutions for various tasks and challenges.
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Imagine you want to carry a large, heavy box up a flight of stairs. You might spread your fingers and lift the box with both hands, then hold it on top of your forearms and...

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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A pilot project between ABB Robotics and US non-profit organization Junglekeepers demonstrated the role cloud technology can play in making reforestation faster, more efficient, and scalable.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Software Model Makes Transport Robots Smarter
Imagine a team of humans and robots working together to process online orders — real-life workers strategically positioned among their automated coworkers who are moving intelligently back and forth in a warehouse space. This could become a reality sooner than later, thanks to researchers at the University of Missouri.
INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Imagine grasping a heavy object, like a pipe wrench, with one hand. You would likely grab the wrench using your entire fingers, not just your fingertips. Sensory receptors in your skin,...

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Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Robotics - October 2023

Read about the latest advances in robots for space exploration, healthcare, manufacturing, and more in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs, Medical Design Briefs, and Aerospace &...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Manufacturing teams in multiple industries, from aerospace to oil and gas, are finding relief in the form of new collaborative robots (cobots), like Kane Robotics’ GRIT ST and GRIT XL, that can sand off coatings, grind welds, or polish metal finishes in half the time and more safely than humans.
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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Capitalizing on the benefits cobots, of course, requires choosing the right cobot for the job. This article discusses five key considerations for selecting a cobot for your manufacturing application.
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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Machine vision dates back to the beginning of the modern industrial robot age in the 1980s. Augmenting cobots with vision allows them to perform with higher precision, flexibility, and intelligence. However, integration is not a one-size-fits-all process.
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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
With the advent of lower-cost robots that are easier and cheaper to deploy, collaborative robots or cobots are finding new industrial and consumer applications.
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Videos of the Month: Robotics, Automation & Control
Watch the videos of the month, including one on the DARPA RACER program, one on a NASA supercomputer's theory on the Moon's formation, and more.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Teaching Robots How to Predict Human Preferences in Assembly Tasks
USC Viterbi computer science researchers aim to teach robots how to predict human preferences in assembly tasks, so they can one day help out on everything from building a satellite to setting a table.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A team of MIT engineers is designing a kit of universal robotic parts that an astronaut could easily mix and match to rapidly configure different robot “species” to fit various lunar missions.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The new robot, developed by engineers at the University of Waterloo, uses ultraviolet (UV) light and magnetic force to move on any surface, even up walls and across ceilings.
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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Incorporating AI into a cobot-based application using a standard teach pendant or graphical user tool has been challenging and time-consuming, even for the most dedicated engineers.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The model allows robots to ask clarifying questions to soldiers.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A developer needs confidence that the compiler will not introduce errors into the design.
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Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Medical Robotics - November 2022

"Millirobots" swimming in your bloodstream...soft robots you can print on demand...cobots hard at work in the test lab. Read about these and other innovative technologies in this compendium of recent articles...

Application Briefs: Design
Robots have been widely used in industry for many years, but cobots, or collaborative robots, are a more recent arrival to the market.
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Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
We humans are adept at using audio and visual cues for communication while carrying out collaborative tasks. Now researchers are aiming to implement gestural interaction in a networked system of robots.
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Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
How much do you know about humanoid robots?
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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will the adoption of cobots by SMEs accelerate in near future? What are the key challenges cobots need to overcome before they become ubiquitous?
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Application Briefs: Design
Scientists analyzed the stability of the collaborative system based on speed and accuracy, as well as the conditions required for successfully performing tasks from geometric, force, and posture viewpoints.
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