It is almost certain that robots will slowly be introduced in everyday life in the future. More and more researchers pour their energy into creating the perfect multipurpose robot. Robots could be used to help around the house by putting dishes away and vacuuming the room. Other models could be used in factories in warehouses. In time, their presence will lead to a greater ease of performing different tasks. One of these robot models is the UBR1 robot from Unbounded Robotics. It can be programmed to perform a variety of tasks.
Apparently, the laborer of the future will not be human. It might be a one armed robot that is three feet tall. The UBR1 robot was designed non-specific. It comes with a pincer-tipped harm, an extendable torso, USB slots and camera enabled vision. The user has to program its capabilities before using it. At the moment, the researchers are working on creating modular software packages. These packages will be downloaded by users and used to program the UBR1 robot. As a result it will be able to carry out certain practical activities. The USB ports will allow the users to add several sensors and other devices needed for a wider array of activities.
Melonee Wise, the CEO of the company, plans, at first, to sell the UBR1 robot to researchers in academia and industry. However, in time, the robot could be used in other places such as factories and warehouses. The first shipments of the UBR1 robot will be sent out next summer. Even businesses might start using the robots. Melonee Wise’s aim is “getting robots out of the lab and making them a platform for businesses to use.”
The UBR1 has several features that make it safe for work around people. However, before using it as an all purpose robot, Unbounded Robotics must further develop the software package. Do you think the laborers of the future will be robots?
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