Southwest Research Institute Opens New Lab Focusing on ‘Co-Robots’

Published by , August 20, 2018 1:39 pm

(BizJournals.SanAntonio) San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is standing up a new laboratory focused on ‘co-robots’ (collaborative robots) that would potentially work collaboratively and safely with humans for industrial uses. At the new lab, SwRI’s is building computer code that enables off-the-shelf robotic arms to operate in conjunction with humans and allow more nuanced movements, such as taking items out of someone’s hands on a factory line.
SwRI was an early supporter of an open-source robot operating system used on the factory floor called ROS-Industrial. It can enable robots to communicate with each other and work in unison — a big challenge for manufacturers.


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