COVVI Debuts Their New Robotics Hand At ICRA 2023
On Monday 29th May, several members of the COVVI team arrived at ICRA 2023 in London to officially launch COVVI Robotics and debut our new robotics hand. This new venture started life in late 2021 and has been developed in tandem with our prosthetic hand for the past 18 months. The event was a fantastic success, and we were able to speak with hundreds of attendees from across the entire engineering industry about the positive impact our device could have in different sectors. This provided the team with invaluable feedback and suggestions of new features that could be incorporated into the new hand, which they’ve already been working to implement.
Our visionary engineers derived this new version of the COVVI Hand to be tailored for this new market, with the goal of being integrated into operations like nuclear decommissioning, which helps eliminate the need for operators to physically put their hands into gloveboxes to treat nuclear waste. This innovative technology will reduce the risks of on-site accidents and therefore also help to prevent nuclear plants from closing when accident investigations need to take place.
The COVVI Robotics Hand is being created in partnership with Atkins Plc and their parent company SNS Lavalin Group, which has enabled us to accelerate the development process and tailor the hand to more sectors across the robotics market. Simon Pollard, Group CEO at COVVI said “The robotics market continues to develop at pace as it becomes more affordable, scalable, and customisable. We are excited about the opportunity to implement new and innovative solutions that will help support repetitive tasks in hazardous environments within the nuclear industry.”
ICRA, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference, is a global event that has taken place since 1984 and shares the very latest research and findings in robotics and automation. This year, the conference focuses on ‘embracing the future: making robots for humans’. Kaspar Althoefer, ICRA 2023 General Chair, recently said the following about the success of this year’s event. “It gives me great pleasure to let you know that with 6000 attendees overall, we have broken all previous records. This clearly underlines the ever-growing significance and impact of ICRA. Your presence here has not only contributed to the success of this conference but has also fostered a vibrant community that will, I am sure, continue to collaborate. Following the conference’s motto “Embracing the future: Making robots for humans”, let us continue to push the boundaries of knowledge, inspire one another, and work together to shape a better world.“