Right now, in a matter of minutes you can train a Sawyer collaborative robot by demonstration to do a task. In the factory of the not too distant future, train by demonstration may become more of a hands off activity where the robot observes the human co-workers, imitating their moves. In fact, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab are already developing new techniques, such as transfer learning, to train robots. Ultimately, those robots will transfer that knowledge on to other robots and machines.
Eventually we’ll be instructing robots verbally in manufacturing plants and warehouses. Ponder that and hear what else Jim Lawton, Rethink’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer, has to say about the future of collaborative robots.
Next, check out this two minute video to see and hear more on the topic of training Rethink’s collaborative robots by demonstration. And drop by Cobot Central for more headlines, videos and news about collaborative robots and manufacturing automation.
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I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.