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Collaborative Robotics

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The relative strengths of human and robots, such as intelligence (humans) and repeatability and precision (robots), complement each other. Human cooperation can add "dexterity, flexibility, and problem-solving” to an industrial robot's traditional ability to complete repetitive tasks with speed, strength, and precision. Until quite recently direct human-robot interaction was not possible due to safety concerns. Over the past few years, however, a new class of robotic platforms – collaborative robots – have been released that allow humans and robots to work effectively and safely in close approximation with each other. Where introduced, these new adaptive, collaborative robots have found great success, often because existing applications are being automated for the first time. This report examines the dynamic, fast growing collaborative robotics sector.