Members of the VALERI Project, with an early omniRob prototype
The project’s omniRob robots are intended mainly for performing tasks in confined spaces, using their manipulator arms
In order to keep from running into human workers, or whacking them with their arms, the robots would have to be equipped with a computer vision system and tactile sensors
In the automotive industry, life is pretty easy for the car-assembling robots ... they just sit in the same place performing the same task, day after day. Things are different in the aerospace industry, however. Airplanes aren’t made on assembly lines, so any robots used in their construction would have to move around them. The member organizations of the European VALERI Project (Validation of Advanced, Collaborative Robotics for Industrial Applications) are now working on making such mobile, autonomous plane-building robots a reality.
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