New technology is enabling humans to train robots to do tasks that were once performed by machines.RTE’s Thomas train programme is a three-part programme that simulates a series of tasks that can be performed by humans.
Thomas train will be available to trainers in Ireland through 2019.
The programme is being developed by a joint venture between Google, Google Dublin and Siemens.
The Google Dublin team has been working closely with Siemens to develop a training programme for the robotics market.
“We’ve been developing our own version of Thomas train which we have dubbed Thomas train 2.0.
We’re currently in the process of making Thomas train 3.0 available in Europe and other parts of the world,” said John McGovern, Siemens Technology Director of Robotics and Automation.
Thomas trains allow humans to learn from past experience by using the robots to perform the same tasks as a human.
“Thomas train 2 is a great training device.
We’ve worked with Google to make it more robust and to support its wider use in the training of robots for manufacturing and other applications.
We believe Thomas train will become increasingly popular in the future and will offer training to a broader range of applications,” said McGovern.
The Thomas train is a new type of training device developed by Siemens which will allow robots to learn through experience and repetition.
Thomas is a system of sensors, actuators and control surfaces that has been designed to allow robots that can learn from previous training and perform the task by themselves.
“This is an entirely new way of training robots that has the potential to be a powerful tool for helping robots to overcome many challenges that humans face.
Thomas train can be used to train all kinds of different robots.
The robot is designed to learn new tasks by itself and can be configured to work with a wide range of robots and environments,” said Siemens senior vice president of technology and enterprise development, Tom Bier.
The technology can be useful in industrial applications where robots need to be highly trained for specific tasks, such as in a production or logistics facility.
Thomas can also be used in medical and veterinary environments, where robots are needed to perform tasks that humans have never been trained to do, such a analysing and measuring samples.
“The technology enables robotics to adapt to the needs of specific industrial applications by adapting its own training,” said Stephen McKeown, vice president, human resource for Siemens Ireland.
Thomas Train 2.x will be launched in the first quarter of 2019, with a similar training programme to the previous version of the system.
The next version of its training programme will be ready for launch in 2021.