The SecondHands project has presented the first prototype of its collaborative robot. The cobot which will act as the main platform for testing and developing new technologies related to the maintenance and repair of automation equipment in Ocado’s highly automated warehouses.
An industrial dance takes place every day and night on the floor of Amazon’s huge warehouse in Manchester. Tall upright shelves waltz in and out of each other’s paths and around stationary storage units, weaving backwards, forwards or sideways without touching.
AMAZON EMPLOYS 45,000 robots, but they all have something missing: hands.
Squat wheeled machines carry boxes around in more than 20 of the company’s fulfillment centers.
Boston Dynamics has officially unveiled Handle, a research robot that combines the efficiency of wheels with the versatility of legs. We first saw leaked footage of Handle last month, but Boston Dynamics has released new details of the robot and a video that shows some new tricks.
Online grocery retailer Ocado is increasingly turning to automation. In its distribution warehouse in Hampshire, swarms of robots collect groceries.
The BBC had a look at some of the robotics the firm is working on.
Robots already dominate in factories, where the work is repetitive and comes to the robot, and safety issues can be easily contained. In offices, shops and even warehouses, where the work is not quite routine enough for blind robots, they can’t compete with humans.
While humans are undoubtedly better than robots at all sorts of tasks, slowly but surely the bots are catching up.
Helping narrow that gap is retail giant Amazon, which this past weekend funded a contest in Leipzig, Germany, where robots tried their hand at picking items from shelves in a mock Amazon warehouse.
An Amazon warehouse is a flurry of activity. Workers jog around a manmade cavern plopping items into yellow and black crates. Towering hydraulic arms lift heavy boxes toward the rafters.
And an army of stubby orange robots slide along the floor like giant, sentient hockey pucks, piled high with towers of consumer gratification ranging from bestsellers to kitchenware.