Human Robot Collaboration “Cobots”- Collaborative robotics

“Cobots” are smaller, lighter weight, and safer to work with than traditional robotic manipulators. We are developing algorithms to design and program robots that work collaboratively in close proximity to people, for tasks like assistive feeding and collaborative manufacturing.

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Figure 1: Supernumerary arm implemented in hardware, reaching one of the targets on the overhead workpiece. The end effector is a flat rubberized plate with spring-loaded hinge. The arm, attached to a backpack control and power pack, lends the user a helping hand