The HOSPI-Rimo is used to guide passengers around train stations, airports and showrooms

Panasonic unveils specialised robots for repetitive manual labour

Panasonic has revealed a series of specialised robots for different industries including a tomato picker and a delivery robot.

The company is currently developing robotic solutions to be used in manufacturing and farming as well as the service sector.

An autonomous delivery robot named HOSPI uses software to plan its route based on a map of the facilities and location of the corridors in which it works. Panasonic said it can even use the elevator to change floors. When passing by other people, the robot will slow down and manoeuvre around them.

HOSPI has been developed for hospitals and can deliver pharmaceuticals and specimens to reduce the burden on staff.

A modification of this robot called HOSPI-Rimo is designed as a communication robot that can act as a guide for passengers at train stations and airports or to show customers around a showroom.

Like the HOSPI, it can autonomously get to its destination and can also distinguish individuals with facial recognition and communicate interactively using its high definition display which displays simplistic emotional responses.

Panasonic is also working on harvesting robots that can accurately assess color, shape and location.

The in-development robots are able to pick fruit such as tomatoes that were previously thought difficult to harvest with machinery without damaging them.

By connecting to a local network, the harvesting robot can automatically move around a farm and transport picked fruit and vegetables to baskets. It is capable of autonomously undertaking every step of the harvesting process.

Panasonic's "parallel link robot" is capable of learning skills and movements from experienced mechanics.

It can reproduce movements faithfully to carry out specific tasks and is capable of responding quickly and delicately.

The robot can automatically perform a wide range of manufacturing processes such as inserting parts to electronic substrates, applying adhesives, and assembling parts.

Watch the Panasonic robots in action:

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