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From time to time, we all find ourselves forced to rummage through the cluttered jumble of our home “junk drawer” to dig out a screwdriver, battery, paper clip, or other much-needed object. For humans, this is merely cause for fleeting irritation — but for robots working on a factory floor, this same problem poses a major technological challenge.
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David Dechow, principal vision systems architect at Integro Technologies, said many manufacturers working with automation have struggled with this bin-picking problem on their assembly lines. “It’s a matter of knowing how to segment and identify an individual object and then find it, even though it may be randomly…