Most of our robots are electric, so we’re always on the lookout for ways to operate them cleanly.

Our solar-powered boat efforts can be seen under Sea.

More recently, we have partnered with SITES Srl to provide design help and autonomous control to a gasification power plant and a series of small-drop hydroelectric projects.


We have been asked to increase visibility of this project. How about Antbots dealing blackjack? We’ve already got one delivering a check to a bank…

Yaskawa Motoman Introduces Blackjack-Dealing Robot in Automate 2013

Both robotics and poker enthusiasts have a new reason to celebrate—the SDA10F robot. Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, a division of Yaskawa America, has introduced their new addition the SDA10F robot in the Automate 2013 in Chicago last January. The SDA10F robot, or “Dexter Bot” to many, was patterned by Yaskawa Motoman from blackjack dealing techniques in live casinos.

This Ohio-based manufacturer and supplier has been a frontrunner in industrial robots and factory automation solutions for years now. The company has catered to virtually every industry and robotic application including “painting, to spot welding, even handing out ice cream – pretty much any job that requires two hands,” as described by technology news site SingularityHub.com. With over 230,000 robots installed worldwide, Yaskawa Motoman continues to astonish their audiences with innovative solutions to everyday tasks.

The Dexter Bot of Yaskawa Motoman Robotics is equipped with a pair of arms with bulbs that has suction cups to move the cards from one place to another. It also uses Cognex 2D vision guidance to read each card. The people behind Yaskawa Motoman opted to use top-notch vision features like the said technology to read a card is an actual task in live poker that needs to be done right, especially at the higher stakes tables in the casinos in Las Vegas. Whether this new robotics addition will lead to an upgrade that is related to online poker sites like Partypoker remains to be seen.

During the Automate 2013, Dexter Bot dealt as spectators while attendees played. Yaskawa Motoman hosted this competition that if an attendee wins four consecutive hands, he or she will receive an SDA10 robot model. As part of the rules of the game, no splits or double downs will be allowed. The dealer, Dexter Bot, needs to stay on 17, including soft 17. In addition, there will be no push; the player wins all ties. There have been no reports about the winnings in the game.

Recently, Yaskawa Motoman has been hosting tour groups to area high school and college students as part of the fourth annual National Robotics Week. “Robotics is growing up and to the right,” said by Motoman’s technology director Erik Nieves in an interview with Journal-News.com. He added, “We have real needs right now for more technicians, programmers, engineers and maintenance personnel.” The National Robotics Week is an educational event initiated in 2010 by the U.S. Congress with the intention of raising public awareness about robotics, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in robotics and other science, technology, engineering and math-related (STEM) industries.

For more information about Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, visit their main website at www.motoman.com. You can also learn about the other exhibitors present at the Automate 2013 through the event’s official site www.motoman.com.

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