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Airbag safety system for robots
19 September 2017
Entrepreneurs Roman Weitschat and Hannes Hoeppner are reported to have come up with a way to safeguard interactions between humans and robots using the airbags to cushion potentially dangerous automated parts and prevent workers from getting hurt, with the aim of allowing them to work more closely.
Based at the German Aerospace Centre outside Munich, the Cobotect team started working in March 2016 on a now-finished prototype. Videos and demonstrations show a robotic arm with a hand-sewn airbag attached to its gripper inflating and deflating. The contraption nudges and then knocks the head of a person, who walks away unharmed. The product won an innovation award from Kuka at this year’s Hannover fair.