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Robotic arms take home top award

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Dec 21, 2007.

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    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    A robotic firefighter and a walking android have been trumped by an industrial mechanical arm to win a Japanese government-run competition.
    The advanced assembly-line robotic arms, made by industry specialist Fanuc, won Robot of the Year.

    The arms have been built for accurately sorting items on conveyor belts use in the food and drug industries.

    The awards, set up in 2006 to promote robotics, have previously honoured a furry seal for use by the elderly.

    Paro, as the robot mammal was known, was fitted with sensors beneath its fur and whiskers that allow it to respond to petting and was developed for use in nursing homes.

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