Wednesday, August 5, 2009

German firm unveils the world's strongest industrial robot

Bringing our terrifying nightmares of robots peeling the roof off our house like a tin of sardines one step closer to reality, German firm KUKA Roboter celebrated the launch of what it claims to be the worlds fastest and strongest robot yesterday. The KR 1000 "Titan" bot -- which earned itself a place in the Guinness Book of World's Records for being so, uh, mighty mighty -- can lift up to 1000kg (2,204 pounds) and has a reach of 3.2 meters. All that power is supplied by a nine-motor drive system that can twist out 44,200 pound-feet of torque, enabling the Titan to do jobs that formerly took two bots in places like auto plants, foundries, power plants, and materials factories. Here's hoping all those out-of-work robots don't start a revolution in protest -- we'd much rather they just start drinking.

[Via GizMag]

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