Sony unveils latest robotics for remote work

NHK -- Dec 08
Sony Group has unveiled its latest robotics and other technologies for use at factories and stores.

The idea is to meet the needs for remote-control systems to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

The robot has sensors that can detect the distance to an object and its surface condition.

Conventional robots require that data, such as an object's shape and weight, be entered in advance.

The new model can instantly adjust its grip based on information it receives from sensors.

That means the robot can grasp soft and delicate items, like flowers and cakes. This could be handy for arranging items for store displays.

Sony is already a developer of sensors for smartphone cameras. It wants to apply the technology to its latest robot. That could lead to new ways of working remotely as the pandemic continues.