The Year 2019 Should Be One of General Manipulation in Robotics

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By Lian Jye Su | 1Q 2019 | IN-5355


The Importance of General Manipulation


In 2018, the robot industry witnessed the maturity of the Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR). From the widescale adoption in warehouses and factory floors, to the software implementation on existing infrastructure, e.g., Brain Corp’s collaboration with Walmart, vision-based robotics navigation is no longer a constraint. Now, robots can start to move around independently in unstructured environments.

Looking forward to 2019, the industry is looking to solve the next big challenge. Warehousing companies face trouble adding sufficient manpower to tackle the ever-growing demands of the e-commerce industry. At the moment, different companies have deployed their own unique solutions. According to ABI Research’s Commercial and Collaborative Robots for E-Commerce report (AN-2527), IAM Robotics and inVia Robotics rely on vacuum grippers to pick up parcels, while Magazino uses a rectangular-shaped holder. However, none of these can be considered a truly universal solution for general manipulation.

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