HONOLULU - There is a push to get local manufacturers to use collaborative robots.

They are known as "cobots" and are considered the next generation of manufacturing.

Experts say they are designed to work with humans, not replace them. Small ones can be used for packaging, and other, larger cobots, can be programmed to take care of tougher tasks.

"This robot isn't necessarily a robot, it's a tool in the workers tool belt that can be a screwdriver, it can be a drill, it can be an augmented arm to take away carpal tunnel risk injuries. So it's really designed to make workers more efficient and effective throughout the day," said Sales Development Manager Ben Courtright.

The cobots will be on display at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox in Kaka'ako for the next three months.

You can call Innovate Hawai'i to set up a demonstration.