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Friday, April 16, 2021

The Future of Robotics: Collaboration Between Man and Machine | RBR Opinion - Robotics Business Review

Michel Chabroux, Senior Director, Product Management, Wind River says, When IoT technologies, robots and humans interoperate, advanced robotic capabilities are enabled, along with novel applications, and by extension, new business opportunities. 

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Interoperability challenges remain, but solutions are available to overcome them. 

Today’s sensor-driven revolution is transforming robots from rote machines into cognitive collaborators. They have become a key link in a dynamic continuum that encompasses humans, other machines, and the digital environments in which they operate.

The potential payoffs of sensor-guided, human – robot collaboration are huge. Examples range from protecting workers and increasing productivity, to driving new revenue streams through innovation and more...

Unprecedented advances in sensor technology, computing power, and edge processing can provide robots with robust AI capabilities, but this is predicated on secure, but flexible connectivity and interoperability among all ecosystem participants. Robots must be able to connect readily to other robots, and also with a full range of IoT, edge, cloud, and analytical tools and other devices.

To date, the robotics and IoT communities have been driven by varying, yet highly related objectives. IoT focuses on services for pervasive sensing, monitoring, and tracking, while the robotics community focuses on production action, interaction, and autonomous behavior. Fusing both fields leads to better robotics task execution.The robots have more data for analysis and AI enabled decision-making. In this way, edge computing opens the door for even closer collaboration between man and machine.

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Source: Robotics Business Review