Professor Tony Prescott, Director of Sheffield Robotics kicked off an hour of talks. After a brief introduction to the centre, he shared the current developments in robotics and how the use of industrial robots in manufacturing around the world has grown. Although many people are disappointed that the reality of robots is somewhat different to what we see on the big screen, over the last six years since Sheffield Robotics launched, it has become clearer how we can use robotics more to overcome challenges such as an ageing population.
Following the talks, both the Robot Foundry at Sheffield Robotics and the CATCH Home Lab opened their doors for the afternoon. At the Robot Foundry, Sheffield Robotics researchers were on hand to discuss the latest robotics research and give demonstrations. Visitors discovered how the centre is using robots to learn about the amazing abilities of bees and humans; how collaborative robots could take dreary and dangerous work out of manufacturing; and how they are working to build real-life transforming robots.
The CATCH Home Lab also showcased demonstrations of robots linked with speech technology such as MiRo and Pepper (image above).
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