CES has a variety of robots on show. Some are consumer devices that range from toys to amazing tech. Some are more industrial. But the Naver Ambidex is a machine that may bridge the gaps.
Meet this gentle robot
One of the problems with industrial robots – think the sort that assemble cars – is that they are big, fast-moving and heavy. Get in the way of one and you might not live to tell the tale.
So the Ambidex is designed differently. It has a light frame that’s designed with one thing in mind – safety.
It could be deployed to help people on production lines who need extra strength or to help prevent fatigue in repetitive tasks.
But eventually it, or its successor, could help people with disabilities in their own homes.
To keep people safe its arms way less than the average adult males do. The motors that power its joints are in the shoulders of the robot and the limbs are driven by cables – all of which keeps the weight and thus destructive ability, to a minimum.
The robot torso can be controlled via a wireless link, or even over low-latency 5G networks. Perhaps for factories to operate remotely or to help someone housebound to complete difficult tasks.
It’s sophisticated enough to perform complex tasks, the company says, or it can simply lift heavy objects with ease.
The robot also keeps users safe by operating at a reasonably low speed. Perhaps not as exciting as wildly flailing industrial robot, but a lot less likely to punch you fatally.
Naver, the company that created Ambidex, is based in south-Korea and is currently looking for companies to buy its gentle robots.
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