Engineering our future

16/08/2016 - 09:46

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PHOTO ESSAY and MULTIMEDIA: The industrial application of automated and robotic technologies has been a feature of manufacturing for many years.

There is revolution on the way with interactive, humanoid robots. Photos: Attila Csaszar

The industrial application of automated and robotic technologies has been a feature of manufacturing for many years.

Typically, these kinds of robots are used in a very structured way – performing basic, repetitive tasks, 24 hours a day.

But there’s a revolution on the way, and it’s all due to the vast improvements in sensor capabilities.

Edith Cowan University academics believe cheaper, more efficient sensors and responsive technology are enabling the development of interactive, humanoid robots.

Tamzin Walker, who has a degree in mechatronics engineering and computer science, is doing her part. She is studying for a masters of engineering degree at ECU, and is co-founder of the ECU Robotics and Programming Society.

Her masters project involves programming a Baxter industrial robot to be able to identify and remove plastic bags from recycling plant conveyer belts.

“If you’re interested in engineering but don’t think you can do it, give it a shot. You will probably surprise yourself,” she said.

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Check out robots in action here.

 

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