MIT develops a better way for robots to predict human movement

TechCrunch | 6/12/2019 | Staff
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People and robots working together has tremendous potential for factory and construction site settings, but robots are also potentially incredibly dangerous to people, especially when they’re large and powerful, which is typically the case for industrial robots.

There are plenty of efforts to make ‘corobotics’ a reality, including production machines like the YuMi produced by German robotics giant ABB . But a new algorithm created by MIT researchers could help make humans and robots working together even safer.

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Researchers working with automaker BMW and observing their current product flow workflow noticed that the robots were overly cautious when it came to watching out for the humans in the plant – they’d lose lots of potentially productive time waiting for people to cross their paths long before there was any chance of the people actually doing that.

They’ve not developed a solution that greatly improves the ability of robots to anticipate the trajectory of humans as they move – allowing robots that...
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