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Ocado uses latest robotics technology from TUB for SoMa project

Ocado uses latest robotics technology from TUB for SoMa project

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Ocado, the world’s largest online-only supermarket, has been evaluating the feasibility of robotic picking and packing of shopping orders in its highly-automated warehouses through the SoMa project, a Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation funded by the European Union. SoMa is a collaborative research project between the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Università di […]

Ocado showcases robotic arm for grocery picking

Ocado showcases robotic arm for grocery picking

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World’s largest online-only grocery retailer working with prestigious universities in Europe to develop innovative robotic solutions Today Ocado Technology is announcing a major development in the pursuit of creating robotic grocery picking solutions for Ocado’s highly-automated warehouses. The Ocado Technology robotics team has created a robotic arm capable of safely grasping a wide variety of products, including […]

Teaching robots to talk over 4G

Teaching robots to talk over 4G

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When we were building the hardware architecture of the new warehouse in Andover, we realised we had developed a world first in radio design. The new warehouse solution designed for our next generation of CFCs has thrown up lots of interesting technical challenges along the way. One of the first was how to communicate with […]

Solving the challenges of robotic picking

Solving the challenges of robotic picking

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The e-commerce market has been the growth engine of the retail environment, experiencing a 15% increase for grocery sales in 2015. One of the major challenges facing retailers is the ability to keep up with the fast growing demand coming from the online channels. This creates additional pressure on retail warehouses to find more qualified […]

How the Internet of Things is changing grocery retail

How the Internet of Things is changing grocery retail

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Although several analysts have recently downplayed their predictions for the consumer side of the Internet of Things market, IoT adoption in the enterprise segment is currently experiencing a boom. One of the areas where IoT is set to make a huge impact is the online grocery retail sector. This comes at a time when more […]

Ocado Technology talks data science at meetup in London

Ocado Technology talks data science at meetup in London

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Last week Ocado Technology had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Data Science Festival organised at Google’s London headquarters in Soho. I was very lucky to be among the 200+ participants in the audience and would like to share with you a few insights from the Data Science Festival meetup as well […]

‘Has the robot uprising begun?’ Stuff Innovators panel discussion

‘Has the robot uprising begun?’ Stuff Innovators panel discussion

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Earlier this month I took part in a panel discussion on robotics at Stuff Innovators 2015. I shared the stage with Patrick Levy Rosenthal CEO of EmoShape, they produce a microchip for robots aimed at producing emotional responses, and Nicolas Boudot from Aldebaran, the company that developed a companion robot called Pepper (seen in the […]

Why you should work in… Simulation Research

Why you should work in… Simulation Research

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My team builds simulations of physical systems. Our work falls into 3 categories: experimental, tactical, and operational. At the experimental end, we build simulations and design tools for new technologies and warehouse layouts, along with prototype control algorithms. Tactically, we try out proposed changes to our warehouse topologies in silico and perform ROI analysis. We […]

SecondHands – developing the world’s most advanced collaborative robots

SecondHands – developing the world’s most advanced collaborative robots

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Recently we kicked off an exciting project to develop an autonomous humanoid robot. It will use artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced vision systems to understand what human workers want, in order to offer assistance. For example, it will be able to hand tools to maintenance technicians, and manipulate objects like ladders, pneumatic cylinders and […]

Soft robotics – what I’ve learnt about the revolution

Soft robotics – what I’ve learnt about the revolution

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I’m very excited about a new wave of robot development known as soft robotics (technical name: variable stiffness actuators), so when I saw there was a training course happening in Rome in February, I knew I had to go. Actuators, or motors, are the muscles of the robot – the mechanical parts that create movement. […]

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