The left chart shows the adjusted detection distance compared to the actual sensing distance for white, gray, and black objects using a BGS sensor with a visible red light source. At an adjusted distance of 700mm, the measured sensing distance varies by ~150mm depending on what color is present. The right chart shows the same for a BGS sensor with an infrared source. This results in a sensing distance variation by color that can be just one third that of visible red versions, at the same distance.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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