Meet the robots designed to help us with everday life

 

More than five million jobs, almost 40% of Australian jobs that exist today, have a moderate to high likelihood of disappearing in the next 10 to 15 years due to technological advancements, according to a report by CEDA.  We’re on the cusp of a new but very different industrial revolution.

Professor Martin said as part of the report, NICTA researchers have examined the probability of job losses due to computerisation and automation in Australia and in each local government area (including Sydneyand Melbourne) across the country.

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“This research shows that in some parts of rural and regional Australia in particular there is a high likelihood of job losses being over 60%,” he said. “While we have seen automation replace some jobs in areas such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing, other areas where we are likely to see change are, for example, the health sector, which to date has remained largely untouched by technological change,” he said.  “Our labour market will be fundamentally reshaped by the scope and breadth of technological change, and if we do not embrace massive economic reform and focus on incentivising innovation, we will simply be left behind in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.” 

What exactly would a workplace with robots look like?

UBTECH Robotics is best knoown as a global industry leader in artificial intelligence and humanoid robotics and their stable includes world-class robots that are as powerful and helpful in business as they are friendly and inviting at home.  While governments view this space as a threat or challenge, this business envisions a world where intelligent robots are integrated into the daily lives of everyone, creating a better way of life. 

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WALKER, is modelled on us with its human-like walking as well as yoga poses with dynamic stability with its design focusing on motion control.  Tasks it can perform will impact the everyday routines of the elderly and child education.  Walker can push a cart, draw pictures, write,  perform more complex grasping actions such as pouring liquid into a cup, using smart environmental perception to adjust the grasping posture of its palms in real time.

CRUZR is the customizable, cloud-based, intelligent humanoid service robot designed for Retail 4.0, exhibitions, hotels, healthcare, finance. The tech revolves around U-SLAM navigation and obstacle avoidance, multi-modal interaction and facial recognition designed to do repetitive menial tasks freeing up humans to concentrate on more complex customer focused issues.

AIMBOT can actively monitor indicator lights on server racks, detect readings on digital instruments, assist with inventory management through RFID technology, and more.

JIMU Robot is a fun and inspiring robotic system allows children to create different types of multi-functional robots using modular parts that form an astronaut, a Mars rover vehicle, or a planetary base.   Each robot is designed to inspire children’s imaginations about space exploration while giving them access to advanced, highly programmable technologies such as a new Artificial Intelligence system, a camera with powerful image recognition ability and first-person view, precision steering module, high-resolution LED screen, and more. 

Letting robots do all the heavy lifting:

American Airline, Delta, is partnering with Sarcos Robotics to explore new employee technology fit for a superhero – a mobile and dexterous exoskeleton designed to boost employees’ physical capabilities and bolster their safety.

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The world of fantasy and science fiction now a reality with the creation of a battery-powered, full-body exoskeleton designed to boost human performance and endurance while helping to prevent injury.  It’s a new perspective in how robotics can be used to enhance workforce production rather than replace it.  Well, for now anyway…

The Sarcos Guardian XO represents the next step in the evolution of high-performance, highly dexterous, mobile robots that augment human performance.  This robotic suit, designed for employees to wear, does the heavy lifting.  By bearing the weight of the suit and the payload, the exoskeleton enables an employee to lift up to 91kg (200lbs) repeatedly for up to eight hours at a time without strain or fatigue.  As it supports natural, fluid and intuitive movement, it requires relatively minimal operator training and can be donned and doffed in just 30 seconds.

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It’s designed for use in industries where lifting and manipulation of heavy materials or awkward objects is required and isn’t easily handled by standard lift equipment.   Testing at a pilot location commences within the next three months, giving employees the opportunity to experience the tech in a real-world setting and provide additional feedback on its functionality.  Potential uses include handling freight at Delta Cargo warehouses, moving maintenance components at Delta TechOps or lifting heavy machinery and parts for ground support equipment.

In addition to enabling superhuman strength for extended periods, the robotic suit may also level the playing field in terms of physical capacity.  Roles that have historically been limited to those who meet specific strength requirements could potentially be performed by a more diverse talent pool, thanks to wearable robotics.

 


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