The SOPHIA project is a European funded venture in collaboration with IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Italy. Its main aim is to create socially coordinated robotic systems that can interact with human workers to improve workplace ergonomics and manufacturing flexibility. It is designed as a workbench with a robotic arm and can move in an omnidirectional motion through wheels.
The functions of the Sophia project are demonstrated throughout the video. Its objective is to improve human functional design in production by wearable technology that can be detected and processed by the machine through sensors.
It can also create reconfigurable collaborative robotic systems that can aid in the transportation of objects from different locations. It can even assist in repetitive and strenuous tasks such as heavy lifting. The Sophia project device enables robots to follow human instructions with an easy interface that can be controlled even by non-experts.
The robotic arm has adaptable grippers that can be used to pick up objects such as toolboxes. Manufacturing flexibility in the workplace can be improved as it can be programmed to be able to systematically arrange objects in a production line. Lastly, these robotic systems will contribute to refining standards for ergonomics and workplace safety by instilling human comfort and trust in automation aided manufacturing.