November 12th marks the appearance of the first bell-ringing robot, enlisted to celebrate the opening of a new robotics and technology index, ROBO-STOX.
Ringing the NASDAQ closing bell is a big deal for people and the companies they represent. It’s sort of a call that both announces and confirms their rightful place on the main stage of business.
The event is carefully choreographed, widely broadcast, and, until recently, has been the exclusive privilege of humans.
As of November 12th, humans no longer have sole dominion over the honor.
The date marks the appearance of the first bell-ringing robot, enlisted to celebrate the opening of a new robotics and technology index, ROBO-STOX.
A product of Universal Robots, the three-fingered arm is the result of meticulous craftsmanship and precise programming.
An intuitive 3D tablet touchscreen controls the robotic arm to reach up and ring the bell.
It can also be operated by being handled directly.
Of all of the robot makers in the world, Universal Robots was chosen for their commerce-ready position in the technology niche.
One of the index’s cofounders selected the company because its reach goes beyond laboratories.
He said, “We wanted to show viable robotics technology, well-positioned for a future IPO, that is selling and being implemented in a wide range of industries today.”