Mitsubishi Teaching-less Robot System Technology Programs Robots To Work As Fast As Humans

Mitsubishi Electric announced today it has developed a teaching-less robot system technology to enable robots to perform tasks, such as sorting and arrangement as fast as humans without having to be taught by specialists. The system incorporates Mitsubishi Electric’s Maisart AI technologies including high-precision speech recognition, which allows operators to issue voice instructions to initiate work tasks and then fine-tune robot movements as required. The system, responding to voice or menu instructions, scans the work surroundings with a three-dimensional sensor and then automatically programs the robot’s movements. Movements can be easily fine-tuned via further commands from the operator.

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Mitsubishi Electric’s unique voice-recognition AI, highly accurate even in noisy factories, offers the first voice-instruction user interface deployed by industrial robot manufacturers. For example, in a food-processing factory, a non-specialist could instruct a robot simply by saying something Like , Pack three pieces of chicken in the first section of the lunch box. The AI can infer implied meanings if a voice instruction is ambiguous, such as determining how much motion compensation is required if instructed “A little more to the right.” Alternatively, a tablet equipped with menus can be used to issue instructions or to select categories such as “where,” “what” and “how many” to generate simple programs.

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The tablet also can be used to view stereographic AR simulations that allow the operator to confirm that instructions will have the intended results. The technology is expected to be applied in facilities such as food-processing factories where items change frequently, which has made it difficult until now to introduce robots. Mitsubishi Electric aims to commercialize the technology in or after 2023 following further performance enhancements and extensive verifications.