Rotanza giant dancing robot at SXSW 2018

Robots can now “learn” by hand, voice or even animation software

One of the most frequent questions we get on KUKA’s Facebook page and group is how to get started with KUKA robots. Our usual answer is you should take a course at KUKA College . That’s actually true. But there is more than one way to program a robot.

One of our favorite roboticists of all time, andyRobot (AKA Andy Flessas), actually uses animation software to “program” KUKA industrial robots. andyRobot’s Robot Animator® is a plugin for Autodesk Maya® which provides complete animation-based programming for KUKA robots. KUKA robots to be programmed by anyone who knows how to animate inside Maya.

Meet Rotanza, the dancing robot at SXSW!

This Valentine's Day, dance like nobody is watching!

Gepostet von KUKA am Mittwoch, 13. Februar 2019

Animated robots do not just have ridiculous grace and good looks. (Of course, we’re slightly biased here.) So they can be “taught” impressive accuracy. Check out this robot, programmed to make basketball again and again for Adidas Warehouse 747.

Adidas 747WarehouseSt with KUKA robots

Describe your weekend in 3 emojis. Here's ours: ???

Gepostet von KUKA am Samstag, 17. Februar 2018

You may already know KUKA’s collaborative robots like the LBR iiwa can “learn” by demonstrating instead of being programmed for all tasks.

KUKA LBR iiwa program by demonstration

KUKA LBR iiwa is able to learn. You can choose from three operating modes and program the LBR iiwa via simulation.

Gepostet von KUKA am Samstag, 16. Juni 2018

And it turns out robots do not only learn by hand. So they can be pretty good listeners.

Little afterwork hours and this came up ???

Gepostet von Daniel Turibaka am Donnerstag, 24. Januar 2019

Then there what did one time Simone Giertz and Mark Rober even tried controlling a KUKA robotic arm with a hand-held controller …

So what do you think? Have you ever “programmed” a robot in a clever way? We’d love to see your examples of creative robot programming. Upload videos of your project to Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #KUKARobot or upload to the KUKA Facebook group . Share the love.

Robot "learns" to write love message

What would you "teach" this robot to do?

Gepostet von KUKA am Montag, 18. März 2019


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