A five-year EU effort to develop a proactive humanoid assistant as a "second pair of hands" for industrial workers has concluded with the development of a new robotic helper.
The SecondHands project was created to develop a “proactive” robotic assistant that could help technicians lift/carry objects, and generally act as an apprentice-like helper.
The project's final product was the ARMAR-6 robot, which has been tested for several years at U.K. grocery company Ocado's automated customer fulfillment centers for conveyor belt system maintenance as a technician's assistant.
The robot, equipped with sensors and cameras, a telescopic torso, and rotatable arms, hands, and fingers that can grasp, interacts with its environment using visual data, localizing humans and estimating their posture from real-time images alone.
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