April 28, 2011

FRIDA Cooperates in Assembly Line

The Swiss based company ABB recently introduced a prototype FRIDA (Friendly Robot for Industrial Dual-arm Assembly.) The service bot is meant to be used in small assembly tasks and has a torso and arms much like their live counterparts. The video, undoubtedly meant to be a selling tool for the company, shows it not injuring a human arm and displaying "her unique agility which ensures high productivity."

ABB's site bills FRIDA as a "harmless robotic coworker," undoubtedly to belay fears of the eventual industrial takeover by robots.


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Posted by Sheila Franklin at April 28, 2011 2:44 AM
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Well, price will be the biggest hurdle I would imagine. It reminds me of how railroad companies wouldn't purchase the better train car linking systems available even though it would save countless lives and/or prevent numerous injuries because it was still cheaper to just employ the people than to purchase the newer systems. I bet this same philosophy will continue in companies who's budgets may be still be able to afford them. I guess in a way that's good news for those employees who won't be losing their jobs just yet. Of course, they'll still have to suffer the various joint injuries they'll be suffering as time moves on.

Posted by: Jim Norcal at May 2, 2011 6:12 AM
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