Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 won by Australian budget bot

BBC:  Cartman - a budget-priced robot from Australia - has triumphed in an annual contest to create a machine that can identify, pick up and stow warehouse goods.

The bot was designed from scratch to take part in 2017's Amazon Robotics Challenge and used a radically different design to past winners.

Instead of building a robotic arm, the victors used a sliding mechanism that picked up products from above.

The four-day event was held in Japan.

The winning Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV) squad were engineersfrom Queensland University of Technology, the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University.

They walked away with the $80,000 (£60,980) cash prize.  Full Article:

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