The easily manipulated arm makes the robot safe to be around humans and will eventually be used to program the robot by hand, Wise said. Unbounded Robotics is working on an app that would let users program the robot by moving its arm instead of using a computer interface.
The app will work by having the robot record the motion of each individual joint as a user moves the arm and then playing it back when requested. It's possible to join the movements together to create larger combined motions, Wise said.
Unbounded Robotics is also adding functionality to the robot by working with pilot companies to develop manufacturing apps.
"In five years, we hope to see the robot in many different businesses doing diverse tasks," Wise said.
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