Robotics and automation technologies are growing at a tremendous rate, and interactive robots have radically changed the way people work with and make use of automated systems, as the interactions with complex machine parts become more secure and accessible. Therefore, producers are now introducing advanced robotics as a key component of industrial automation empowering the future’s self-maintained factory.
MIT is a big name when it comes to modern research especially Robotics. We hear news about a new invention from MIT research centers every day. Watching videos or reading news about their next big invention is part of the routine for every tech-savvy out there. Watching MIT robots do specified tasks is both amusing and astonishing.
True to the institutions’ nature, their research and products are not limited to one field and show a variety of thoughts and interests. This way they produce robots for every industry trained to do what humans do better than how humans do them.
Today we’ll see their inventions for the major industries that will change our perspective of the world in the future.
Retail and Manufacturing
Robots have the largest number of use cases in the factories including manufacturing industries and construction sites because of their toughness. They are also extremely popular in retail stores for their dexterity and after adding AI and machine learning technologies, they can easily replace cashiers and store managers.
You can find a large number of examples from the MIT research centers where they have created robots to carry objects around. One such example is Osaro’s smart robot whose founder is an MIT trained professional. The robot arm uses an off-the-shelf camera and machine learning algorithms to detect the shape and pick up varied types of products. These kinds of robots can be widely used in places where lots of picking or packing is involved.
Security and Disaster Response
An awesome property of robots is their inability to feel any emotions including pain or exhaustion. Therefore, they can be used to perform tasks that humans cannot. That’s what MIT mechanical engineer Sangbae Kim thought, who is dedicated to building animal-like robots that can help in disaster response by going to human inaccessible places. Right now MIT has various researchers working on the manufacturing of robots to perform tasks that previously were arduous or could not be performed by humans.
While technology continues to drive advances in biomedical research and healthcare, the conventional distinction between engineering and medical science is becoming significantly thinner. Robotics has always been used with medical terms to simplify medication and even surgery.
Other than the home robots designed to give tips and reminders to patients, MIT researchers are also working on precise and thin instruments best to be used for surgery. MIT engineers have built a thread-like magnetically steerable robot that can successfully glide through small winding parts of the human body such as the brain’s blood vessels. The distributed robotics lab has also been working on numerous micro-surgical devices.
MIT’s expertise in robotics is changing the face of every industry and transforming workflows to be more efficient. The robots developed by MIT can do things better than humans and even perform tasks that humans can’t and might take up their future jobs. These advancements and inventions, if implemented and adopted by commercial environments will surely need humans to only supervise while robots do the labor.