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Video: Robomotive Humanoid Robot Uses 3D Vision

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/21/2013 6:56:09 AM
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Interesting post, Al. I just wrote about the increased use of 3D technology in the manufacturing space that's allowing for the type of advanced automation highlighted in this video. It's really making the process more efficient and cost-effective and, according to the systems integrator I spoke with, could help bring some of the manufacturing that's gone offshore back to N. America.

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Rob Spiegel   8/21/2013 6:41:07 PM
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Good point on brining back offshored manufacturing, Elizabeth. You add the efficiency and optimization of the new technology to the fact that logistics costs are growing and labor costs in Asia are growing, and you have a recipe for re-shoring.

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Elizabeth M   8/22/2013 3:17:45 AM
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Yes, that is the point this systems integrator was making. It all sounds really promising and if U.S. manufacturers can begin to adopt these technologies sooner rather than later, production will come back onshore even faster.

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taimoortariq   8/27/2013 11:05:22 PM
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Elizabeth, surely the introduction of robots will make the labor cost drop to a large extent but its actually not the labor cost that is the problem. Its actually the rate of production of the products. A company would prefer China even if the labor cost is not low. Its because China provides a huge amount of work force that are dedicated towards the mass production of the products. Relatively, USA lags behind in terms of work force, because the people count is way low as compared to China.

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Elizabeth M   8/28/2013 7:10:09 AM
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So then would robotic automation help improve this situation in the U.S., talmoortariq? If products could be made at a faster rate not by adding people but by adding better processes, it could potentially make the U.S. more competitive to places like China, no?

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taimoortariq   8/28/2013 9:17:31 AM
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Yes, it is very much possible. Although it would mean a huge amount of installation of robots at the first place for low mix high production companies.

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taimoortariq   8/28/2013 9:21:03 AM
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Also they can work really well with high mix & medium production companies. They do not require that much high rates of production but need percision. So for that companies these robots are ideal.

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taimoortariq   8/27/2013 11:20:24 PM
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In terms of rate of productions, we can definitely hope the best from the robots. Because, otherwise we cannot match the production rate of the Asian countries. Just an example of Apple assembly line in China, It hires 230,000 employees. We cannot match that by just the human work force at all.

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Charles Murray   8/21/2013 6:41:04 PM
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Great post, Al. I believe Yaskawa displayed a less advanced version of this robot at Pack Expo last year. Watching the video, the Robomotive robot's similarity to human movement is almost eerie.

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Ann R. Thryft   8/21/2013 7:43:46 PM
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This is cool, Al, thanks for the report. I like the combination of different technologies, and that is good to see in the industrial end of robotics.

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mrdon   8/22/2013 11:32:00 PM
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Ann,

I agree. This robot along with Baxter is the start of a wave of sophisticiated robots using several advanced embedded, mechanics, and sensor technologies for improving manufacturing processes.

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Ann R. Thryft   8/26/2013 1:33:48 PM
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I hadn't connected this one with Baxter, mrdon, probably because Baxter has been designed so differently, as well as its open source software, but I see your point.

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mrdon   9/1/2013 7:13:48 PM
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Ann,

Thanks for your viewpoint. Also, I didn't know Baxter used open source software: I'll need to investigate this development method further. I know Rodney Brooks is an advocate for the Maker Movement and could be the reason for using open source software with Baxter. Oh, I just realized, Rodney's use of open source software could be from his MIT research days with cognitive based robots like Cog and Kismet

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Ann R. Thryft   9/5/2013 12:20:25 PM
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mrdon, open source software is a major aspect of Baxter and how it's been designed to be different from other industrial robots, as we covered here
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=259420
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=263186

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mrdon   9/21/2013 1:34:49 PM
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Ann,

Thanks for the clarifying the Open Source question I had about Baxter. I'm quite fascinated by this technology and how its becoming more main stream in small tech businesses and major corporations. Thanks for the additional links related to this topic.

 

 

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Ann R. Thryft   9/23/2013 11:37:27 AM
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You are welcome, mrdon. And stay tuned--there's more on Baxter coming right up.

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mrdon   9/23/2013 6:44:14 PM
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Ann,

Baxter is quite unique robot and it's quite nice to know Design News Editors will be keeping us readers inform of the latest developments. Thanks for the heads up!

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apresher   8/22/2013 9:02:23 AM
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Ann, I agree with you that it's good to see a humanoid robot design used in the industrial market.  An interesting development area for sure.

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Robomotive
apresher   8/22/2013 9:03:42 AM
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Chuck, Missed this last year at Pack Expo. Would be interesting to see in person but video gives some idea of motions possible.

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Charles Murray   8/22/2013 9:59:40 PM
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Al, the Yaskawa robot at Pack Expo looked similar to this one but I believe was less advanced. It was actually serving soft-serve ice cream to attendees. See the photo.

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=253805

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mrdon   8/22/2013 11:26:57 PM
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Al,

Pretty impressive robot per the video. Just wondering how the operator would program the robot. With Baxter, it seems the robot programming is based recording the assembly process by moving the bot's arm to the respective work stage areas. Good article and video!

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apresher   8/23/2013 6:57:12 AM
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mrdon, Not sure about the programming tools used with the Robomotive. May need to get further into the development to see user tools. Unlikely that it will be similar to Baxter's approach, but many robots do teach positions as part of the programming effort.

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taimoortariq   8/27/2013 10:51:26 PM
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Yes I agree, many robots come with the inbuilt feature of being prgrammed through teaching pendant(controller), its a pretty basic thing, because not everyone can program these robots and the coding is pretty complex as well. So I guess, it also must have a learning mode as well.

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mrdon   9/1/2013 6:46:50 PM
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apresher,

I agree. Although programming robots uses a teach positioning technique, I think what makes Baxter different from other robotic units is the teaching pendant is on the unit itself (the arm) instead of an external handheld device. 

taimoortariq
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3D vision
taimoortariq   8/27/2013 10:46:09 PM
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Really impressive, utilizing 3D mapping to obtain the co ordinates of the parts is a really effective technique. Specially the precision with which the robots are working and utilizing the adaptive control and co ordination of the robotic arms is really amazing. It appears that the industries that are presently automated by one armed robots might see a potential future in this advanced technology as well.

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RichardS   9/4/2013 4:47:36 PM
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Just noticing that a lot of these systems are just being employed doing simple pick and place and as such could be reduced to a mere 2-3 axes and cost reduced even further. The key in this robots flexibility is then reduced to the adaptive nature of gripper assembly. Robotiq got this right.  Baxter is first and foremost a collaborative robot and is designed to work side by side, if not even interact with humans in the same environment, hence it's compliant spring loaded joints with load cells. 

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kk297   9/22/2013 9:32:47 PM
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Interesting post, Al.  The way the different technologies are combined is really interesting especially at the industrial side of robotics. After watching the video I feel these robots have movements similar to humans.

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