ITRI is the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan which is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. ITRI shows their solution for controlling Flexible OLED lighting. OLED Lighting offers more natural and more vibrant lighting than conventional lighting. ITRI also shows their sensors which are for example used in shoe pads which generate electricity. ITRI's Intelligent Vision Robot plays chess seeing all the chess pieces on the board and moving them around. I play a quick game of chess against the robot which sadly I had to concede to the Chess Playing Robot Turk because I didn't have enough battery in my camera (I think).
TechNexion is a design and manufacturing company showing in this video its engineering team, that designs IoT smart devices, development boards for the needs of projects like the ARM powered Android Things ecosystem by Google or Amazon Alexa Voice-Recognition development platform and its advanced manufacturing capabilities. In the video, we get a direct glimpse of how ARM modules and systems are designed and how much automation is being utilized in a smart SMT factory. The video tour takes you through all production stages from the module design to SMT manufacturing to post production functional testing. The factory churns out up to 250K PCBA per month. Filmed on location at the TechNexion factory in Taipei, Taiwan in June 2017.
As a spin off from Swiss ETH Zurich University, the Fotokite Pro is the drone that CNN, BBC and many other News media are already using to easily create live aerial video for example to report live when people were queuing to vote at the US election, it is the only drone approved to be used by the FCC because it is tethered. Being tethered allows it to be lighter since it doesn't fly with a battery, it can fly for an unlimited amount of time getting power through the cable, it's safe because it is tethered not needing on board GPS, on board computer vision, and more. A live low-latency uncompressed Full HD video downlink enables effective framing and live broadcast using an external HDMI or SDI port. The Fotokite Phi in the consumer version, more compact, lighter and most affordable GoPro-carrying quadcopter yet that was successfully crowdfunded for $249 each at Indiegogo.
Makeblocks are modular arduino robots for stem education. The Airblock is a Modular and Programmable Drone with drone mode, underwater and hovecraft. The the airblock sells for $179. The ultimate robot kit is an Arduino and Raspberry Pi compatible robot kit that can take the form of a Rolling Tank, Detecting Robot, Catapult Ram, and Robotic Ant. There are ten assembly ideas in the box. The ultimate robot sells for $189. The starter robot kit is a lower end arduino compatible robot kit that sells for $149. The starter kit can be made into a robot tank or a three-wheel robot car. And then there is Makeblock Neuron which is an An Electronic Building Block Platform successfully got crowdfunded at on Kickstarter.
Transcorp robots are advanced voice controlled robots. The Transcorp UU robot is capable of talking, dancing, identifying objects, avoiding obstacles, moving on its wheels and making facial expressions. The UU features D smart scene map generation system, smart deep learning engine, robotic situational awareness system, and smart digital programming.
Brainpower of the toy manufacturing city of Shantou China makes a series of remote controlled foldable drones. The remote controls resemble a game controller can attach to a smartphone. Brainpower drones include optical avoidance using infrared. Brainpower drones also include cameras and Gimball systems. The prices for the drones is about $39 for 800 - 1000 pieces moq.
Lode presents Loitor Inertia camera project, an Intel Realsense competitor where the price can be less than $72 for the whole module. Loitor is a 3d camera system opensource that can be packaged to run with an allwinner A83 processor, the motherboard also has a Cypress CY68013 and an STMicroelectronics STM-32 system on board. The camera can recognize 3D space for indoor and outdoor mapping.
Lode Matebot robot is a cat shaped robot designed as a personal assistant that can speak Chinese but it can potentially also run Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. They also have a humanoir robot named ZERO. The matebot robot movements can be controlled using a smartphone. Each of eyes is an individual display. The Matebot Robot can dance and play music. Voice control can be used with any Android voice control system such as Amazon alexa and Google Voice. The robots sells for about $290-500 in China the price can be about 200€. The runs on Allwinner A33. Lode also makes a drone which can be used as an sdk for drone development.
Dolly360 is a robotic dolly for 360 degree cameras for creating 360 degree pictures and video content. The Dolly360 is mobile and is moved around on wheels like an rc car. There is also a model of the Dolly360 with a Gimbal for image and video stabilization. The price of the Dolly360 is $5,600.
SoftBank acquired Aldebaran Robotics in 2013 and has been developing Pepper, inviting developers to develop new ideas for Pepper at http://developer.softbankrobotics.com they sold over 10 thousand of these Humanoid robots making it the world's most popular advanced humanoid robot. Sold mostly in Japan but also expanding Pepper sales to several different markets in Europe and USA and around the world, some examples being to supermarkets/stores/malls, on cruise ships, to telecom stores, to hospitals, at public information centers, government information/services offices and more. SoftBank Robotics presents some of its software partners who are developing use case software solutions such as for airlines to be used as humanoid conversational check-in kiosk in luxury hotels or at airports, guiding and entertaining people at retail shops/malls and more. You can see my 2013 interview with Bruno Maisonnier founder of Aldebaran Robotics here.