Robot Workers Ready To Go Postal

A robot capable of classifying and separating small items like mail packages has been developed by Yaskawa Electric, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and packaging system manufacturer Hokusho Co., Ltd.


(Postal Robot does the sorting)

The robot upon which the system is based is Yaskawa's Motoman-DIA10; it has seven-axis robotic arms mounted on a human-sized torso. Hokusho's piece assorting system technology makes it a good backup or replacement for human sorters.

In the demonstration shown above, the robot picks up a package as it arrives, scans its barcode to find the destination and then places it upon the appropriate conveyor belt. The robot is able to meet human standards, moving about 1,000 packages per hour.

Of course, this system is nowhere near as fast as the alien letter sorter from the 2002 movie Men in Black II. But then, who (or what) is?


("Most postal workers are aliens")

Via Pink Tentacle.

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