The EU-funded SecondHands project has presented the first prototype of its collaborative robot (cobot), which will act as the main platform for testing and developing new technologies related to the maintenance and repair of automation equipment in Ocado’s warehouses.
The cobot will be a second pair of hands that will assist technicians. It will learn through observation and will complete tasks that require a level of precision or physical strength that are not available to human workers. Together with its research partners École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Sapienza Università di Roma, and University College London (UCL), Ocado Technology is working to advance the technology readiness of areas such as computer vision and cognition, human-robot interaction, mechatronics, and perception and ultimately demonstrate how versatile and productive human-robot collaboration can be in practice.
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