Advances in robotics: robots performing heavy tasks in warehouses.

Advances in robotics: robots performing heavy tasks in warehouses.

Robotics is constantly being updated, every day they show new robots or components capable of achieving human tasks and with surprising results.

Today we talk about Agility Robotics, a company founded in 2015. Agility has products on the market, ATRIAS and Cassie developed by the Dynamic Robotics Lab at Oregon State University between 2009 and 2016. Cassie, Agility's first product, was commercialized between 2017 and 2019 and Digit was developed starting in 2018 and commercialized in mid-2020.

The robots that Agility offers are defined under the term handheld, learn to perform tasks, defined as useful, accessible and built to work alongside people in spaces built for people. Enabling humans to perform inherently human tasks, such as decision-making and creativity.

Digit is able to move goods back and forth as shown in a video, performing a task that would be tedious, cumbersome, time-consuming and routine for humans. Without the human feeling threatened by the job or being supplanted.

"The conversation around automation has changed a bit," Agility CEO Damion Shelton tells the web portal TechCrunch, "It's seen as a technology that allows you to keep the workforce that you have. There's a lot of talk around the risks of automation and job loss, but job loss is actually happening now, before automated solutions."

Companies like Ford have bet on changing the old view of robotics, as it currently has two Digit units in its plant, as well as long-term plans to use the technology for delivery.

"The value and purpose of a machine like Digit is generality," says technical director Jonathan Hurst. "It's a robot that can operate in human environments and human spaces. It's a relatively simple thing for very structured, repetitive tasks, to say, 'There's going to be boxes over there. We're going to tell you which one it is from a database system, and we want you to move it over there.'" Maybe this is something you do for three or four hours a day and then go to a different space and do it three or four hours and then unload a tractor trailer."

Although the company does not state the number of robots sold, it has plans to expand the Pittsburgh office later this year, in addition to the Oregon location, as its volume growth has been fairly rapid.

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12 de Octubre, 2021