“Panda” is docile. It is enough to demonstrate – the arm itself grips. The new lightweight robot imitates movements, remembers processes – and reacts sensitively to touch.
The researchers from the University of Hanover and the Munich-based technology company Franka Emika have constructed a robot for everyone, which is intended to become a direct partner for humans beyond the industrial sector.
Her work has been nominated for the German Future Prize along with two other projects. It is endowed with 250,000 euros and is one of the most important science prizes in Germany. The other projects are about a new generation of hand prostheses – and a process to make the inside of the body more visible.