Posts Tagged ‘KUKA’


Robot arm learns to catch objects

2014 at 03:47 pm by admin | Comments Off


For decades, humans have been working with robots to allow them to function under dynamically changing situations, which would help bring robots into daily life. Now, thanks to the Learning Algorithms and System Laboratory, or LASA for short, robotics have come one step closer to this goal with their new LBR robot. A combination of two separate robots, including the KUKA robot arm used in the highly publicized table tennis match against world-class player Timo Boll, the arm can be taught to react to flying objects, and can catch them at a surprisingly accurate rate.

The hand is initially taught through the use of its onboard camera to recognize the shape and trajectory of the object, and then displays incredible speed and agility in recognizing the object in midair and reacting to it. The robot’s high speed camera even allows it to catch objects that move as fast as a major league pitcher’s fastball pitch! LASA hopes to move forward with this technology to design robots that can help people in changing situations.


Robot vs human on Table Tennis

2014 at 02:11 pm by admin | Comments Off


After weeks of heavy publicity and anticipation from table tennis fans and tech enthusiasts across the world, robotics company KUKA has finally unveiled the match between their KR AGILUS industrial robot and world-champion table tennis player Timo Boll! This event, designed to highlight the opening of KUKA’s new Shanghai factory, demonstrates the speed, precision, and flexibility of the KR AGILUS arm against ever-changing situations. This video was initially aired at the grand opening of the factory on March 11th, and KUKA aims to continue to revolutionize the way robots are implemented in the work place as well as our daily lives. With the KR AGILUS putting up a great fight against Timo’s expert table tennis skills, this battle is one that you don’t want to miss out on!