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Service robotics, praise for simplicity

Another argument in favor of the perceived complexity associated with a robotics project is based on the impossibility of moving robots in dense human habitats without the need to define corridors or special movement conditions. It is true that the first tests, already distant, fixed this limitation in the collective subconscious.

However, the technological maturity achieved in this area has completely eliminated this dependence. Factory floors, hospital public corridors, department stores, restaurants, collaborative robotics move seamlessly between workshops, drawers, desks, and people without requiring consumers to be trained in safety every time they come to dine or shop. This is clearly a caricature. However, this maturity expresses an essential paradigm, a major technological breakthrough that truly puts the modern robot at the service of humans without imposing its own pace or its own contingencies. In short, a technological and budgetary breakthrough that now allows the mobile robot to adapt to people and their environment without any modifications, and not vice versa.

No requirements for circulation corridors, modifications or training means that the processes and habits of the company’s employees remain unchanged. Not connected to autopilot systems, the robot is at the disposal of the teams, who alone make decisions about when and where to move the car. It is in this freedom to use robotics that the ease of innovation and adoption can be found.

Is it playful? Maybe a little. In any case, this is an important vector of peace of mind between teams that no longer need to perform cargo handling tasks for which they were never intended, and they can take the robot to their service without becoming its slave.

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