Repli­cat­ing robot arms

PANDA FRANKA EMIKA

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At less than $12,000, this robot arm is cheaper than most of its as­sem­bly-line com­peti­tors and is dex­ter­ous enough that it can as­sem­ble clones of it­self. It’s a corobot, which means it also plays well with hu­mans: A col­li­sion de­tec­tion sys­tem can tell when a stray arm or fin­ger en­ters the bot’s workspace, and will promptly stop work­ing when we frag­ile hu­mans get in the way, re­duc­ing work­place dis­as­ters.

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