For the last few years we've been told that robots will take our jobs, with technology embedded machines that are inserting themselves into industries including the burger flipping robot, customer service greeting robots and those farming the land.
Robots have been used in manufacturing for decades to speed production, enhance accuracy and replace human labor. Yet, they're not entirely taking over. There are still plenty of tasks that robots can't do - without the help of a human. Enter the cobots. Cobots or more specifically collaborative robots are "complex machines which work hand in hand with human beings. In a shared work process, they support and relieve the human operator.'' They were invented and patented in 1999 by Ed Colgate and Michael Peshkin, professors of mechanical engineering. This article takes a look at the use of robots in Connected Industry, addressing some of their challenges and benefits.