Gift-Wrapping Robot Handles Holiday Packages

ABB’s autonomous robot does more than just help with warehouse tasks

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

December 13, 2022

1 Min Read

Automation company ABB’s warehouse robot YuMi makes a perfect Christmas helper, with the robot’s gift-wrapping capabilities showcased by the company. Typically seen on a warehouse assembly line, YuMi can also use its two arms to fold and tape wrapping paper around parcels.

Launched in 2015 to help workers with lightweight assembly tasks, YuMi is described by ABB as “the world’s first truly collaborative robot,” with its motion design taking inspiration from human’s “ability to adapt to change” in its highly sensitive collision control that removes the need for safety barriers.

YuMi can also perform a variety of tasks including making paper airplanes, serving coffee and ice cream, and even conducting an orchestra.

“Underlying all of these fun applications is the serious message of how robots like YuMi are helping to change attitudes towards robotic automation,” said Sami Atiya, ABB president of robotics and discrete automation. “In helping to educate people about how robots can support our work, YuMi has paved the way for robots to be used in workplaces and factory floors worldwide.”

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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