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Automata robot

You hear EVA before you see it. A whirring and whizzing noise greets you as you enter the offices of Automata, a start-up robotics company based in London.

To one side a robotic arm is going through an intricate set of moves: six joints twisting and turning in a sequence which, in the real world, would place a label on a parcel.

That’s EVA, and it has being doing those moves non-stop for months to test its reliability.

Around the office and workshop there are more than a dozen other EVA units, some being dismantled by the engineers, others awaiting testing.

It must be very eerie at night as EVA continues its work, simulating attaching labels, while surrounded by its silent clones.

Source: BBC Technology of Business

Date: February 25th, 2020

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51442445

Discussion

  1. ” EVA was developed from cheap reliable parts. It uses the same motors that power the electric windows in cars, while the computer chips are similar to those used in the consumer electronics business. This is allowing them to sell EVA at £8,000. ” The developers talk about their ” the intention to democratise robotics, to make automation accessible and affordable to as many people as needed it.” How does an $8,000 robot that can place stickers on packages “democratize” anything?
  2. Since the dawn of man using tools to accomplish tasks, each new tool has (usually) led to some form of democratization. What does it mean to “democratise robotics”?

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