The Austrian Robotics Award , set up in 2018 by commercial enterprise Grant Thornton Austria in conjunction with non-profit association robo4you to promote practical robotics projects, has now been presented in Vienna. The winner in the ‘Startup/Spinoff’ category was Blue Danube Robotics . The young Vienna-based company developed ‘ AIRSKIN ’, a soft sensor skin that is attached directly to industrial robots. This sensitive surface helps humans and robots collaborate safely during series production. In the ‘Companies’ category, TGW Logistics from Wels in Upper Austria won the award, with its self-learning and flexible picking system ‘ Rovolution ’, which can collect goods and products to fulfill predefined orders fully autonomously. In the ‘Universities’ category, Graz University of Technology came out on top, with its fully-automated delivery system ‘Jetflyer’. Higher technical education institute Technische Lehranstalt Wolfsberg won the ‘Schools’ category, with a new robotic drive featuring a user-friendly interface. The special award for team spirit went to Upper Austrian company DTF Maschinenbau for its research project ‘Du=Roboter, Ich=Mensch, Wir=Team’ (‘You=robot, I=human, we=team’).
‘Rovolution’ wins the Austrian Robotics Award
The new accolade has been awarded in different categories. Winner of the ‘Companies’ category was ‘Rovolution’, a fully-automated robotic piece-picking system. ‘AIRSKIN’, a collision sensor for robots, also received an award.