• Hitachi will be handling the software that makes its new robotic arm smart. The actual hardware will be produced by Seiko Epson.
  • As Japan Times writes, currently, picking up objects is a difficult job for robots when those objects don't have sensors that make them easily identified. That's why companies like Amazon have to hire seasonal workers to fill the holiday rush. But this kind of robot could eventually make those jobs obsolete.
  • The timeline is two to five years before these robots are used in warehouses and factories. However, one big thing needs to be fixed first. According to a Hitachi researcher, the robot needs "enhanced safety."

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