Educational Technology

April 17, 2013

Freed From Its Cage, the Gentler Robot

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:37 am

Factory robots are usually caged off from humans on the assembly line lest the machines’ powerful steel arms deliver an accidental, bone-crunching right hook. But now, gentler industrial robots, designed to work and play well with others, are coming out from behind their protective fences to work shoulder-to-shoulder with people. It’s an advance made possible by sophisticated algorithms and improvements in sensing technologies like computer vision.  The key to these new robots is the ability to respond more flexibly, anticipating and adjusting to what humans want.

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