Mechanical Arms win Japan’s Robot Award

A pair of mechanical arms that pick 120 items per minute from a moving conveyor belt and place them neatly in boxes won Japan’s (METI) Robot of the Year award last Thursday. The arms respond to real time camera images to detect the randomly placed squares, then use suction cups to pick them up.

There was competition from some humanoid robots, but the ministry seemed to be impressed with the practicality of this machine.

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