Today’s factories with automated machinery separate robots from humans for a variety of reasons. Other than human maintenance workers and programmers, interaction with the robots on a factory floor with their human coworkers is discouraged for safety concerns and divergent environmental requirements. While robot workers can perform many tasks more efficiently than their human counterparts, there are numerous tasks that people still remain supreme. The physical separation between human and robot workers does lead to certain inefficiencies however, particularly when they are working on complementary tasks. Now an algorithm has been developed to allow robots to learn how to pair with humans and work together in close proximity to one another. The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has come up with a way for robots to train in conjunction with humans using this algorithm to learn their habits and adjust their own assembly methods to that person. This represents a significant step in terms of manufacturing efficiency, and perhaps more importantly, public perception of robot workers as replacing human workers in huge unmanned factories with people waiting outside in the unemployment line. Instead robots may be more readily accepted as partners on the assembly line, and as domestic companions as these technologies mature.
CNC Machine A Robot Roving Eye Part II
CNC Machining an Arduino-Powered Robot Roving Eye.