The robotics competition organized by Amazon was held this week in Seattle in parallel to the large ICRA robotics conference. 28 teams from the United States, Europe and Asia competed for 2 days on a scenario that particularly interested giant E-Commerce: picking warehouse products. The challenge faced was simple: the robot was placed in a tray a series of various products placed in a rack. This is the team of the University of Berlin who flew over the event, to the MIT team and Team Grizzly.
A test performed by the robot in 17 min 43
With a score of 148 points the team of robotics lab and biology (RBO) Department of Informatics and Microelectronics of the Technical University Berlin have easily won the trophy at stake by Amazon. The MIT team came second with 88 points and the team “Grizzly” that brings Oakland University and the company DataSpeed Inc. has obtained 35 points.
If Amazon has put available to competitors robots ABB, Fanuc, PR2 from Clearpath Robotics, Baxter from Rethink Robotics, Universal Robots and Yaskawa Motoman, the winning team has chosen a Barrett WAM robot arm Technology mounted on a movable carriage. The MIT team used a robot arm while the ABB Team Grizzly chose the Baxter Rethinks Robotics.
WAM took nearly 18 minutes to realize his picking program. A human would probably be less than a minute, but no doubt we will see the descendants of WAM in warehouses Amazon in recent years.
Translation : Google Translation
Source : “RBO Team wins the Amazon Picking Challenge!”, Communiqué TU-Berlin, May 29, 2015