Category: Robots

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Loitor vision sensing Inertia Camera open-source project

Posted by juliusaugustus – April 8, 2017

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.

Project developers can contact Loitor here:
kang791208@aliyun.com
skype: kang791208@gmail.com
Mobile: +86 13582312223

Lode Matebot and ZERO Robots and UAV Drone SDK

Posted by juliusaugustus – April 8, 2017

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: $5600 radio-controlled 360-degree dolly

Posted by juliusaugustus – April 8, 2017

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 Robotics Pepper SDK platform for emotional humanoid robot

Posted by Charbax – March 27, 2017

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.

SCEWO stairclimbing wheelchair from ETH Zurich using Toradex at Embedded World 2017

Posted by Charbax – March 23, 2017

SCEWO is a stairclimbing wheelchair equipped with a Toradex Apalis iMX6 SoM - born from a master’s degree thesis from Zurich University (ETH), which demonstrates what can be done using Toradex Computer on Modules (CoMs)/System on Modules(SoMs) in safety-critical applications. Other engaging demos included TAQ, the balancing robot, featuring Toradex’s Colibri iMX7 SoM with NXP i.MX 7 processor, a rover using the Apalis TK1 SoM with the NVIDIA TK1 to recognize street signs, and many more at Toradex’s booth at Embedded World 2017. Toradex also mentioned its launch of two new SoMs based on NXP i.MX 8QuadMax and NXP i.MX 6ULL: Apalis iMX8 and Colibri iMX6ULL respectively. The Colibri iMX6ULL offers a low-cost and power efficient platform, along with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, targeting the emerging IoT and connected market; and the Apalis iMX8 offers high-performance and powerful graphics for Computer Vision applications.

Project developers and industry insiders can contact Toradex here:
lakshmi.naidu@toradex.com
https://www.toradex.com

Qualcomm Snapdragon at Embedded World 2017

Posted by Charbax – March 20, 2017

The Qualcomm Snapdragon platform is originally designed for mobile, but now can be embedded into Interactive kiosks, Digital signage, Robotics, High-tech toys, in flight entertainment, medical imaging and all kinds of ideas for any advanced IoT. Qualcomm positions their Snapdragon processors for Embedded to provide a superior performance, low power consumption and integrated connectivity to make devices more aware, connected, intelligent and interactive. The Snapdragon platform offers development kits, single-board computers and scaling up to customer solutions, integration services and production-ready, customizable System-on-Modules (SOMs). At Embedded World 2017, Qualcomm talks about Snapdragon 410E, Snapdragon 600E and also talks about the upcoming 820 series for embedded all with long term support (at least until 2025) to provide their maximum performance. With many projects to be born out of the Dragonboard 410c and showing off other solutions such as the Geniatech Developer Board 4, the small Geniatech DB4x 410 based module, the Altierre Systems powered embedded vision real-time synchronized multi-camera 130-degree panorama 4K system that is in the Panacast 2, eInfoChips eragon 820, Inforce, Kiteboard Snapdragon 410 board with a LTE sim card slot and more. All these Qualcomm Snapdragon based Embedded products can support multiple operating systems Android, Linux thanks to the availability of the open source Freedreno GPU driver and Windows 10 support also.

BeagleBone Blue with System-in-Package Octavo Systems OSD3358

Posted by Charbax – March 17, 2017

BeagleBone Blue is as a new Robotics and IoT development board based around the Octavo Systems OSD3358 System-In-Package featuring a Texas Instruments AM3358 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8, 512MB of DDR3 and power management enabling easy and affordable customization and re-design of the PCB using Autodesk EAGLE. BeagleBone Blue has 2 cell (2S) onboard LiPo battery management with charger and battery level LEDs, 8 real-time software controlled PWM/PPM outputs for 6V servo motors or electronic-speed-controllers (ESCs), 4 PWM-enabled DC motor drivers, 4 quadrature encoder inputs, on-board sensors including a 9-axis IMU and barometer, a wide array of GPIO and serial protocol connectors including CAN, 4 ADC inputs, a PC USB interface, a USB 2.0 host port, a reset button, a power button, two user configurable buttons and eleven user configurable LED indicators. BeagleBone Blue can run Debian, ROS, Ardupilot, Graphical programming, Cloud9 IDE on Node.js and more to come. You can order the BeagleBone Blue for $79 at https://www.arrow.com/en/products/bbblue/beagleboardorg

Nvidia Tegra X2 in Jetson TX2 Developer Kit, dual Denver2 + quad ARM Cortex-A57, Pascal GPU

Posted by Charbax – March 17, 2017

Nvidia Tegra X2 features two Nvidia custom Denver 2 cores, four ARM Cortex-A57 cores with Nvidia's Pascal GPU (made of 256 CUDA cores) made on TSMC's 16nm FinFET+. Nvidia Tegra X2 (codenamed "Parker") delivers up to 1.5 teraflops of performance, about 50% more performance than Nvidia Tegra X1. Enabling Artificial Intelligence (AI), for building advanced robots, drones, smart cameras, portable medical devices, enabling the processing of complex deep neural networks on the edge of the IoT world. While X1 could do 4K at 30fps encode, 4K 10bit 60p decode, X2 can encode 4K H265 at 60p and decode 4K 12bit 60p. Memory bandwidth has more than doubled from 25.6GB/s to 58.3GB/s, you can buy the Nvidia Jetson TX2 Developer Kit for $599 at https://store.nvidia.com/store?Action=DisplayPage&Locale=en_US&SiteID=nvidia&id=QuickBuyCartPage

$999 DJI Mavic 4K Drone, $299 OSMO Mobile Gimbal for iPhone

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 26, 2017

DJI is the leading producer of unmanned drones for consumer or enterprise use. DJI is estimated to have 70% of the drone market. Mavic drones enables images and video to be captured in areas otherwise inaccessible. The Mavic drone can capture up to 12mp images and 4k 30FPS video. The Mavic drone has a range of 7km and can use GPS to return to where is was launched from. The price of the Mavic drone is $999. The OSMO mobile iPhone stick enables smoother recording of iPhone panoramas and video using a 3 axis Gimbal system for $299.

Agricultural Robot ROEBL by Cooper Gray Robotics

Posted by Charbax – February 7, 2017

Cooper Gray Robotics LLC is an Oakland based design/build and engineering company that is a leader in developing electric drive systems and automating the heavy equipment industry through its Smart Control and remote control architecture for machines in construction, mining, agriculture and forestry. Filmed at the IDTechEx tradeshow.