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ABB Adds More Human Intelligence to Industrial Robots

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Reminds me of Baxter's ability
Elizabeth M   1/27/2014 9:58:03 AM
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Exactly, Ann, if I didn´t mention Baxter in the story, I should have. It seems like a lot of companies are now retrofitting existing industrial robots with the kind of advanced technology Rethink has built into Baxter. This definitely seems to be the direction industrial robotics is heading.

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Robotic Polishing
Tool_maker   1/6/2014 11:32:43 AM
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 Elizabeth, the artcle mentions polishing as a possible function for these robots. Does that occur in only a narrowly defined path or are there sensors that can redirect the motion?

  I worked on plastic molds just enough to create a long lasting dislike for the finger numbing amount of polishing involved to remove all of the maching marks. Also is there a cleaning function programmed in. After a certain amount of material is removed, the polishing medium, be it a stone or abrasive cloth, will get clogged and need to be cleaned or replaced. How does a robot handle that?

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distributed intelligence
naperlou   1/2/2014 2:51:16 PM
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Elizabeth, it seems that this is enabled by a combination of distributed hardware and software merged with more sensors.  This is a good trend as it makes the robots more flexible (in terms of function) and more responsive. 

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Reminds me of Baxter's ability
Ann R. Thryft   1/2/2014 1:36:27 PM
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Elizabeth, this is an interesting development from ABB. It makes me think a little of Rethink Robotic's Baxter's ability to react to its surroundings by choosing its own path.

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