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Unbounded Robotics Unveils Co-Robot

10/22/2013 09:00 AM EDT
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junko.yoshida
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Re: Co-robot?
junko.yoshida   10/22/2013 1:30:20 PM
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I see. Thanks for the explanation!

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R_Colin_Johnson   10/22/2013 1:29:10 PM
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The Unbounded Robotics platform's main contribution is bringing down the price of co-robots to be affordable by small businesses--by implementing the co-robot paradigm using consumer-grade components which are now high-performance enough. Plus they are leveaging open-source software and smart realtime planning algorithms to make co-robots safe even around the elderly. I think we will see other robot maker emulate this approach in the future.

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junko.yoshida   10/22/2013 1:20:16 PM
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Thanks, Colin. So, if that's the case, what makes this Unbounded robotics co-robot more special than others?

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R_Colin_Johnson   10/22/2013 12:43:19 PM
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Co-robots is a concept popularized by Georgia Tech professor Henrik Christensen who pitched the idea to the Obama administration and Congress. His idea was that co-robots, working alongside American workers, could increase their productivity--making them more competitive with cheap foreign labor. As a result, the National Robotics Initiative was launched last year with $70 million in contracts for co-robot development, and is cooperating with the $500 million Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.  

However, many of the ideas associated with co-robots were already here, such as their ability to use human tools. For example Robonaut was developed by GM working with NASA to develop co-robots that work alongside astronauts using their tools. The military is also popularizing the co-robot idea with its Engineering Squad Robot to work alongside soldiers and the DARPA Robot Challenge has a $2 million purse to develop co-robots for disaster recovery.

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junko.yoshida   10/22/2013 11:13:35 AM
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Maybe it's just me...this is the first time when I heard such a concept as "co-robot."

At a time when a number of robots actively working in production lines at automobile plants, for example, are designed specifically for that purpose, the easy programming aspect of co-robots should open the door to a whole host of new applications that robots have gone before.

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