Designing robots that see

Meet the first in a new wave of robots that will revolutionise manufacturing among Australia’s small to medium size enterprises – creating more jobs locally.

For more than 40 years robots have been the workhorses for manufacturing giants – inflexible machines pre-programmed to perform one task repeatedly in a highly-controlled environment like an assembly line.

Unlike its blind cousins, this one is being trained at Brisbane’s UAP (Urban Art Projects) to create large-scale, bespoke public art pieces that until now were impossible to produce economically.

It’s the start of an $8 million design robotics research project to develop vision-enabled, agile and adaptable robots that SMEs can use easily to make high-value products that open export opportunities and create more jobs in Australia.

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