Modified Assembly Robot Does Lab Work Too Dangerous for Humans
Mahoro is a two-armed droid that looks like a modified Yaskawa Motoman assembly robot.
Unlike most assembly robots, its arms have seven joints, allowing it to use human tools and to perform humanlike motions easily.
It automates lab work and can do tasks such as culturing more quickly and accurately than human lab techs…
It can work on things like flu testing as well as handle biohazards, keeping human technicians out of harm’s way, according to AIST’s Tohru Natsume.
The droid can be easily taught what to do by using a virtual lab bench created with CAD software. The system also lets programmers set up the tools in the most efficient arrangement for maximum speed.
(via Two-armed robot takes on risky lab work | Crave - CNET)