Design News is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

10 Robots That Play Well With Others

The UBR-1, by Unbounded Robotics, can manipulate objects as small as dice or a Lego piece. The robot was designed for companies that want some automation to speed up their manufacturing process, but can’t afford to fully automate their businesses. The arm

While it may not seem like bragging rights to say your robot is safe around humans, it's actually quite a big deal. There is a long history of robot accidents that have injured and even killed manufacturing workers. The industry has worked to curb this problem by containing robots in safety cages.

Those days have come to an end for many new robots that are designed to work safely around humans. Advances in safety measures come in a wide range of flavors, from soft touch arms to pressure sensors that halt the robot when it meets resistance. Vision systems have also added to the robot's awareness of its surroundings.

Safety has opened robots to a much wider range of applications, from side-by-side manufacturing work with humans, to warehouse picking and stocking, to medical patient support, even with tasks as sensitive as feeding those who cannot feed themselves.

Click on the bot below to start the slideshow.

Related posts:

TAGS: Medical
Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.