Hybrid Mobile Robots are Still Looking for their Place in Factories

Latest trendy idea among roboticists? Take advantage of the double boom in mobile robotics and cobots to manufacture mobile assistants, which have yet to find their place.

Cobotics occupied the speeches in 2010-2020, the coming decade will be that of mobile robotics. For the new head of the robotics branch of Staubli France, Jacques Dupenloup, the case is over. The stake is that of the hybridization between robotic arms and autonomous mobile robots (AMR). The former perched on the latter to “pick up and move loads between machines, in factories where mobility will be increasingly present”. Kinds of manipulative droids therefore, like Helmo: a collaborative arm mounted on a cylindrical platform (both work surface and means of locomotion) presented by the Swiss roboticist in 2018.