Awesome robots love Fanta

What you are seeing above is not a commercial for Fanta, though we think it would have been a good one. It also isn’t being played at an accelerated speed. That is a real time demonstration of the accuracy and speed the ABB robots achieve. We were surprised, even shocked, when we clicked play. We don’t know who came up with this idea, but we want those robots, and we want some Fanta.  We’re a bit curious what industry needs beverage tracing robots though.

The last time we saw such amazing feats of robot awesomeness, they were bouncing balls and catching stuff in mid air.

28 thoughts on “Awesome robots love Fanta

  1. They also have very sensitive 3 dimensional pressure sensors and advanced dynamic artificial intelligence, so if you in any way hinder their path they’ll pick your eyes out and beat you to death.

  2. Hmm, from the title I would have expected them to be opening the cans and drinking them but whatever.

    I don’t know much about robotics but can someone with experience tell me whether the features listed are actually as groundbreaking as the ad makes them out to be?


  3. Was anyone else as disappointed as I was to find out that the cans were simply glued to the platforms?

    I think the point they wanted to make was that the software allows simple paths (which this was) to be combined with other simple paths to create complex motion. 6 out of 10 for making an effort, but a much better demo could be done.

    I hate to say it, but really… in that world, it’s pretty much a valid hack. Is it as cool as 3D milling an engine block with a 5 or 6 axis mill? Nope. But the point is that they worked out the maths and included it in their product.

    Good on them!

  4. meh – nifty in it’s own right, but I fail to see how this is groundbreaking or hack worthy.

    This kind of precision movement is exactly why these robots were created. This is like a video crowing about how your ford focus excels at rolling forward under it’s own power.

  5. What I’d like to know is who still makes the deliciously synth-heavy 80s-ish backing tracks for corporate and defence demonstration videos, and where I can buy a CD of said tracks.

  6. I am not that much of a robot person but it seems pretty nifty, high tolerances and repeatable action. They also emphasise how easy it would be to program the paths and “stepping” trough the robot motion.

    Btw i find the flexpicker way cooler ;-).

  7. @Squantmuts

    I totally agree about the FlexPicker! Especially the part at 0:30 where they start playing “Sausage-tris” and the muffin part @ about 2:00 showing the planning software :)

    I have /got/ to make one of those delta bots…

  8. @Amos

    I am curious on the actuators, i guess they use servo feedback linear motors. I have seen these in action and they did not have the characteristic buzzing sound of stepper motors. Besides, stepper motors in these sizes would be enormous.

    Would be a pretty cool hack to build one of these at home, but very expensive. Curious if stepper motors would be suitable for this, it cuts down on the complex servo steering.

  9. “What I’d like to know is who still makes the deliciously synth-heavy 80s-ish backing tracks for corporate and defence demonstration videos, and where I can buy a CD of said tracks.”

    Agreed, that was the first thing that I thought of.

  10. @Squantmuts

    What the crap? That muffin thing is ridiculous. Is there seriously not a simpler, more efficient way to arrange muffins in trays? It seems like the same kind of engineering overkill as using an Arduino to switch a light when you press a button. I’d fire the guy who suggested those expensive robots.

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