We don’t usually blog industrial robots on CrunchGear, but the so-called Genkotsu is too cool to pass up. For one, it’s one of Japan’s top robots of 2010, as selected by the government last month. But more importantly it’s flexible, precise, and amazingly fast.
Made by Fanuc, the Genkotsu is a parallel link robot for arranging components and assembling electronic devices, for example cell phones. The robot can be equipped with iRVision, Fanuc’s self-developed visual sensor, that makes the robot “see” objects about as well as human eyes.
As you can see in the video embedded below (shot by Diginfonews in Tokyo), Genkotsu is not only super-fast in differentiating between objects but also in picking them up gently: