We’re moving towards a world full of robots, that’s a fact. In this series, we’re taking a break for a second to assess where Contemporary Robotics are at today and what the future looks like. For this fourth chapter, we’re studying robotics in the industrial world. Industrial Robots have already transformed the secondary […]
What may have been a strange question a decade ago is becoming much more relevant as technology rapidly progresses. Put into the public conversation by several prominent figures in society, the question has been raised amid fears that mass automation is on track to displace a large sector of the workforce. While the ideology behind those calling for a tax varies, the two most common uses for the proposed tax are to either retrain the displaced workers or to provide a basic income if no other job prospects are available.
We are excited to introduce you to the new Makita DRC200Z Industrial Robot Vacuum, which will be available here at RobotShop. This robot vacuum has been developed by Makita to answer a need in the industrial market. Makita has come out with a Roomba-like robot vacuum. It’s been designed for commercial […]
At this point, we need to discuss the strengths and limitations of process automation with collaborative robots. Although you probably have ideas as to what processes you would like to have automated. many are probably not the best choices to begin with, and we need to be realistic about what the technology can do today. Some applications are easier to automate than others and as a first integration you should start small and simple. Ideal tasks for a first collaborative robot are tasks that are highly predictable and repeatable. These are easiest to automate with a collaborative robot.
Although collaborative robots are a new technology, this does not mean that they are necessarily complex. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. While traditional robots have evolved to satisfy the need for high volume industries, collaborative robots have been designed for the challenges of high mix manufacturing found in all SMEs.
Google announced recently that its self-driving car project is moving to the next phase: they are building electric prototypes with no steering wheels or pedals, just Go and Stop buttons. These vehicles will be tested in the state of California, who just approved new laws for prototype autonomous cars. Here is a short video of how the new Google Car works.
The Hokuyo scanning sensors are great 2D obstacle scanners. They can be used in fixed locations to detect if an object enters its scan area, and can be used on mobile platforms that need to do obstacle detection and avoidance as they move. There are two categories of sensors: outdoor […]
We all certainly love robots and we are thrilled to see new advancements in robotics. However, sometimes we wonder if humans have already gone too far in their quest to make ever more capable (and dangerous) robots. The “LaserSnake” illustrates well this well: Researchers from OC Robotics were not content enough […]