Getting a Grip: Robots Gain Sensitivity with Smart Touch Receptors Companies are developing tactile sensitivity for robotic devices, enabling them to “feel” an object. The ability to integrate these capabilities will allow robots to act more like humans, which can change how machines can be used in healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.  
Synthetic Muscles Bring Robotic Powerlifters to the Manufacturing Floor Advances in soft robotics are giving way to synthetic muscles that can change how industrial robots operate. Soft muscular systems will enable robots to support humans in lifting heavy items and make it safer for humans and machines to work side by side.  
Intelligent Warehouse Robots Automate Worker Tasks The pandemic has led to an uptick in ecommerce across the board, and warehouses are struggling to meet demand. Warehouse automation systems are fast, accurate, and safe, giving companies a robotic hand as they respond to the increased need.
The Rise of the Smart Factory: How IoT is Reshaping Manufacturing From artificial intelligence to predictive maintenance to collaborative robotics, or co-bots, IoT solutions are having an impact in manufacturing, improving operational efficiency. Tech Data’s IoT expert Eric Thompson describes how smart factories are tapping into automation, learning how to merge the data silos of OT and IT, and re-imagining operations in a world changed by this pandemic.    
Autonomous Service Robots Provide a Helping Hand During Pandemic Intelligent delivery robots are serving instrumental functions in the fight against COVID-19, including disinfecting services and contactless delivery of vital medications, supplies, specimens, and equipment in hospitals and clinics.  
Sterilization Nation: Airlines, Hotels Turn to UV-light, Robotics to Fight COVID-19 Electrostatic sprayers and UV-light sanitation systems provide airlines and hotels with high-end disinfection procedures, easing corporate and consumer cleanliness concerns. IoT technologies, robotics, and classic chemistry will allow airlines and hotels to reopen safely and efficiently amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   
Automation Testing Tools and Wearables Gear Up to Tackle Coronavirus Unknowns Data scientists and researchers are turning to robots, wearables, and data analytics to join the fight against COVID-19. Robots are helping to speed up test results, and sensor rings, watches, and wristbands are providing clues for early detection.  
Retail Robotics: Automated Shelf Auditing and Analytics Robotics deliver positive improvements to the retail ecosystem, providing automated inventory monitoring and restocking functions. 

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