A Switzerland based company is trying to herald a new era of robots. It is working on a robot that can work collaboratively with humans at their workplace. And guess what, it seems to have succeeded a bit. It has built YuMi, a robot that it says will help revolutionize the use of robots in small-and-medium-sized enterprises. It has dual arms, flexible hands, universal parts feeding system, camera-based part location, lead-through programming, and precise motion control.
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer says, “YuMi makes collaboration between humans and robots a reality. It is the result of years of research and development, and will change the way humans and robots interact. YuMi is an element of our Internet of Things, Services and People strategy creating an automated future together.”
One must note that YuMi was unveiled at the Hannover Messe last year. Owing to its inherently safe design, it can operate in very close collaboration with humans. It has a lightweight yet rigid magnesium skeleton covered with a floating plastic casing wrapped in soft padding to absorb impacts.