Welcome to National Cobot Awareness Month! OK, it doesn't appear to be an official celebration (at least not that I've found) but Universal Robots has declared it to be a month to learn more about what collaborative robots can do for manufacturers.
January was picked because it's a month to make resolutions, and business leaders can "broaden [their] horizons and learn something new," Universal Robots wrote in a news release. "Cobots can help manufacturers and their valued employees accomplish those goals."
Universal has been making cobots for more than 10 years, but the cobot market is "still largely untapped," said Stu Shepherd, regional sales director of Universal Robots Americas.
With ongoing workforce shortages, collaborative robots are increasing in importance for small and midsized companies, the company noted.
Universal Robots' declaration of Cobot Awareness Month happened to land in my inbox the same day Boston Dynamics released a video showing off the capabilities of its Atlas robot, which can jump, spin and even toss tool bags to waiting coworkers. I'm not sure that's the type of cobot that most molders will buy, but it is impressive.