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8 Robots Making Waves

From caretaker humanoids to bomb detection vehicles, robots continue to move well past vacuuming. Check out new robots roaming the recent RoboBusiness conference.
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UR5 Robot Arm from Universal Robots

Universal Robots calls its UR5 'your robot colleague' for its ability to handle assembly line and materials testing tasks too precise -- or monotonous -- for humans. Some examples: gluing, welding, packaging, and food handling. Yet humans can still work alongside the UR5 by using an included touchscreen tablet for easy setup and programming. If a person's body contacts the UR5, the robot arm will stop to ensure safety. 
The UR5 model is a six-axis robot arm weighing 40 pounds with a reach of 33.5 inches. It costs $35,000. A 64-pound model, the UR10, is available for $45,000. In either case, Universal Robots claims the average payback period is 195 days.

UR5 Robot Arm from Universal Robots

Universal Robots calls its UR5 "your robot colleague" for its ability to handle assembly line and materials testing tasks too precise -- or monotonous -- for humans. Some examples: gluing, welding, packaging, and food handling. Yet humans can still work alongside the UR5 by using an included touchscreen tablet for easy setup and programming. If a person's body contacts the UR5, the robot arm will stop to ensure safety.

The UR5 model is a six-axis robot arm weighing 40 pounds with a reach of 33.5 inches. It costs $35,000. A 64-pound model, the UR10, is available for $45,000. In either case, Universal Robots claims the average payback period is 195 days.

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PedroGonzales
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10/28/2014 | 6:39:37 PM
Re: Re-Walk
if robotic companies can get disable people to just walk by using an exoskeleton, now that will be a huge achievement.  I find the robots for autistic children very cute, but their cost really impedes their introduction into school and everyday life.  I spoke with people in the cleaning business about the roomba.  They told me that although the robot is good, it doesn't clean many areas that well. 
saliknaqi
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saliknaqi,
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10/28/2014 | 12:21:29 PM
Re: When will they become affordable.
I too was surprised by the specifications, made me wonder it would be quite amazing to hang around. Yeah $2700 sounds affordable to me if its like a long term investment.
mak63
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10/28/2014 | 2:32:31 AM
Re: When will they become affordable.
@saliknaqi

The Nao looks expensive at 8 grand, but the Zeno R25 is $2700. Well worth a price if you ask me, if can help children with autism. Don't you think?

But the way, I'm amazed at the specs of the Zeno. A dual core processor, with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It sounds like an entry-level smartphone.
nasimson
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10/27/2014 | 9:26:11 PM
Re-Walk
> it enables paraplegics to stand up, walk, and even climb stairs. ReWalk was recently given
> FDA approval for home and public use and is the only system of its type with such approval. 

Rewalk is a very interesting innovation. I am glad it has FDA approval for home and even public use. The way technology is augmenting physically-challenged people is amazing. I foresee that as competition kicks in and technology matures, the cost will come down from USD 80,000. And then when insurers start to cover the robotic assistance, VIOLA!
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10/27/2014 | 1:14:54 PM
UR5
That UR5 robot is quite exciting for those of us that still harbour fantasies of being Tony Stark one day. 

ZENo R25 looks like it comes from a Child's Play sequel: "Chucky... in SPACE!"

That aside, love the idea of using robotics to help teach children who don't respond well to adults, though I wonder how human-to-human communication can be introduced slowly so that it's not a culture shock when real emotions are shown?
saliknaqi
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10/27/2014 | 11:35:40 AM
When will they become affordable.
@ Shane O'Neil The Zeno R25 and The Nao robot can have alot of commercial usage. They can really be helpful to people suffering from autism. Bur do people choose them for assistance considering there cost? 
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