You’ve probably seen robots testing products like furniture and car parts before, performing endless repetitive tasks to ensure whatever’s being tested won’t quickly break once in the hand of consumers.
But according to this video from ABB, there are even robots designed to torture test fully assembled ATMs.
Just watching it in action makes me want to slather myself in hand sanitiser.
The robot in the video is the YuMi, manufactured by ABB Robotics to be a more flexible alternative to the purpose-built robots you’ll find in factories that are designed to only perform a very specific task.
Its pair of arms that are each fully articulated make it an expensive alternative, but it allows a robot like this to be programmed to perform almost any repetitive task.
It’s not only useful for small companies with smaller production runs that might only need a robot to work on a specific assembly task for a few days instead of many months; it’s also useful for product testing and performing a myriad of tests that would be too monotonous for a human.