The robots are here.
And we’re about to get to see what they are capable of.
A new team led by a University of Melbourne researcher has developed a robotic arm capable of performing tasks that human operators might never dream of.
The team’s robot arm was built for the International RoboCup, a global competition to create a robot capable of lifting objects weighing up to 100 kilograms.
A robot with human-like hands could be used to guide a robot to pick up or place items on a platform, for example, or to perform tasks that might never be possible in an on-the-job environment.
The robot arm is capable of three tasks at once, including hand-picking, picking up objects, and picking up a food or drink.
Its goal is to create an arm capable to perform the tasks it is designed to perform, including carrying people, lifting objects, carrying bags, and lifting items into a building.
The arm is being developed by the Robotics and Materials Group at the University of Queensland’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, which includes the Centre for Robotics and Systems.
It has been developed to be able to pick and lift things weighing up up to 150 kilograms.
The robotic arm is able to do this thanks to its artificial intelligence.
The system is trained to recognise certain movements that a robot might perform.
“When the robot has done something, it has been trained to perform a particular action,” Dr Zhen Yan, the director of the Robotics & Materials Group, said.
“So it’s able to recognise that the robot is going to pick something up, and it will pick it up, it will lift something and it can also pick up a meal.”
Dr Yan said the arm has also been trained for tasks that a human might never imagine being possible.
“It’s a very complex system, and so we have had to work very hard to make it very, very robust,” he said.
The arms are made up of two parts, one is the motor unit, which is connected to a computer via Bluetooth and can be controlled remotely.
The other part is a camera that can take photos and video.
The computer can then recognise what is happening in the robot arm.
It then interprets the images and videos to understand what the arm is doing.
Dr Yan explained the system is very complex, and a lot of thought has gone into making sure that it can operate in a controlled environment.
He said the robot can even be controlled by remote control.
“We are trying to find the right balance between making sure the system has enough safety features, but also having enough capability to be easily operated remotely,” he explained.
“The main thing is to have the arm do a task and then it’s programmed so that it does not forget a single command, or it can be programmed to do something different, and be able move around a platform.”
The robot can also be programmed with the ability to perform different actions.
For example, the robot could perform a hand-pick or a pick-up, depending on the task the robot was trained to do.
“This robot has been programmed with a different function, like a hand picker,” Dr Yan added.
“A human would have to be really careful not to do the wrong thing, because if you do it too often, the arm might forget to do it.”
Dr Zhan Yan is the director at the Robotics Institute at the university.
He has been working on the robotic arm for four years.
The robots arm is designed for tasks the human operator might never see Dr Yan is hoping the robot will help the robotics industry.
“What we hope is that it will make a lot more robotic arms out there,” he told news.com.au.
“That we can build more robotic arm with different functions and capabilities, and help people in the robotics and industrial robotics sector in a lot better way.”
The Australian Institute of Cybernetics is building the robot arms, and Dr Yan hopes to have it on the market by 2020.
He says the robot and its robotic arm are only a prototype.
Dr Zhang Yan said he is not ready to say the robotic arms are ready for mass production, but said they would be available to customers in the next few years.