At the 2022 International Robot Expo, the “COBOTTA Crepe Project” of Aichi Institute of Technology, which uses the human collaborative robot “COBOTTA”, was exhibited and demonstrated. With WINNER background of “COBOTTA Idea Challenge”.
What is the COBOTTA Idea Challenge?
The idea competition “COBOTTA Idea Challenge” was organized with the cooperation of DENSO as a co-sponsored project of the “World Robot Summit 2020” sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and NEDO. This is a competition to solicit ideas for “solving everyday problems” in various places such as homes, restaurants, shops, offices, laboratories, factories, etc. using the collaborative robot “COBOTTA” from DENSO WAVE.
As a result, the Aichi Institute of Technology’s “COBOTTA Crepe Project” won the highest award.
The theme is “Solving everyday problems”
We will look at the proposed content from the following angles.
・ Creativity: An original idea.
・ Technology: COBOTTA can be used effectively and safely.
・ Problem Solving: An idea for solving social problems.
・ Commercialization: An idea that has the potential to be a business.
・ Presentation Ability: Comprehensively judge the ability to convey in the pitch contest.
This “COBOTTA Crepe Project” system might be familiar to Robosta readers. It was also exhibited at “RoboCup Asia Pacific 2021 Aichi” and surprised many visitors. It’s a system that got some attention in the Robosta article.
The highlight is that the two “COBOTTA” work together while playing different roles.
Demo of the COBOTTA pancake project
The new version on display this time has expanded the scope of automation compared to the previous time, and improvements have been made to those that require less human labor.
Choose cream, sauce jam, toppings, etc. using your tablet, and the robot will automatically make the pancake with the appropriate content. The variety of tastes has also increased. Compared to the previous demo, there is less human intervention and more automation has been improved.
Select the type of crepe and topping on your tablet. After that, the robot will make a crepe almost automatically.
Use “dragonfly” according to the creperie website
Vigorously pick up the cooked fluffy pancake
Move the pancake to the next robot to put the cream and toppings
This system also does not use a camera (vision) this time around. One of the concepts to simplify development and reduce installation costs.
■ Grand Prix COBOTTA Idea Challenge “Crêpe Project”
COBOTTA Idea Challenge Official Site
WRS is a robot operation and programming experience corner
“World Robot Summit” (WRS) will also be exhibited at the International Robot Exhibition 2022.
By analogy with the robot competition, we have set up a corner where you can learn about the operation of robots and work by robots, and the categories “Response to infrastructure disasters”, “Manufacturing”, “Services (partners )” and “Services (FCSC: Future Convenience Store Challenge)” I have experienced such things.
For example, the experience corner of “Infrastructure Disaster Response” is developed with the content as a rescue competition.
A stage where the robot arm is operated to close the valve, a stage where a fire is extinguished with a water discharge arm, and obstacles that people cannot cross are operated by the robot to reach the objective…
The “making” experience is the assembly experience using trees and parts on a personal computer, and the “service (partner)” is the programming of an autonomous robot that finds scattered objects in the room and arranges them on a predetermined shelf. the experiment was prepared.
The presentation of each category was also done live (the photo is Future Convenience Store Challenge)
Food robots that cook Gohei mochi, make pancakes and make matcha The chef of the “Smart Life Cafe” is a collaborative robot “COBOTTA”
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