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Cold chain gets more sophisticated

Source: Modern Materials Handling / by Gary Forger Cold chain is heating up. No, freezer and refrigerated warehouses aren’t getting any warmer. But, there sure is steadily increasing demand for their inhospitable temperatures. And, it’s true for food as well as pharmaceuticals. “The cold storage sector and broader food industry continue to evolve nationally due to a variety of factors including changing consumer dietary and delivery preferences and growth in the …Read More

Up Close and Personal with Locus Robotics’ Warehouse Robots

Source: Americaninno / by Emily McNeiece For those uninitiated into the world of warehouse robotics, Locus’ robots are truly a sight. They buzz around a warehouse like honeybees in a hive, stopping at shelves, interacting with humans, and navigating the narrow rows of shelving with their sensors. They work in tandem with their human co-workers, communicating through their touchscreens. Locus Robotics is a Wilmington-based robotics company that sells robots to warehouses …Read More

TECHNICAL GUEST POST: Object selection and detection (IK4-TEKNIKER)

Which approach are you using for object selection and detection within the PICK-PLACE project? Due to the large number of references that the system needs to be able to cope with, we are using a deep learning based approach for object identification, segmentation and grasping point selection. There are different steps involved in order to generate a deep learning model. First, a dataset with images of different objects needs to …Read More

Google Teaches Robot to Toss Bananas Better Than You Do

Source: Spectrum IEEE / By Evan Ackerman TossingBot, developed by Google and Princeton, can teach itself to throw arbitrary objects with better accuracy than most humans As anyone who’s ever tried to learn how to throw something properly can attest to, it takes a lot of practice to be able to get it right. Once you have it down, though, it makes you much more efficient at a variety of …Read More

Robots Getting a Grip on General Manipulation

Source: IEEE Spectrum (by Nikolaus Correll) How a new generation of grippers with improved 3D perception and tactile sensing is learning to manipulate a wide variety of objects While robots have prepared entire breakfasts since 1961, general manipulation in the real world is arguably an even more complex problem than autonomous driving. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why, though. Closely watching the 1961 video suggests that a two-finger parallel gripper …Read More