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What’s Hot in Robotics?

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neocortex, Robotics, Robotics Business / 18.06.2015

Frank Tobe’s article in Robohub regarding what’s hot in robotics reads like a who’s who of companies providing state-of-the-art applications in robotics. He breaks down the trends into four buckets, one of which I’d like to address – Advances in Visual Perception.

Here’s what he says:

“Vision-enhanced robotic systems are becoming the top reason for upgrading and deploying vision-enabled robots and a core reason for the steady upward growth of the robotics industry…. Artificial intelligence and various AI learning systems have been improving regarding visual perception, and many new companies (such as Universal Robotics and their Neocortex system) are now either offering vision systems that can supplement existing fixed systems or offering mobile manipulators that can find and determine how best to pick and handle all sorts of objects from plastic-wrapped toys to boxes, cases and skids of materials.”

Frank’s points are correct. Let’s unpack the reasons for this burgeoning market opportunity.

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“Robots for Good” $1M Award Sponsored by UAE

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics / 12.11.2014

Would you like to hear some good news? Here’s a great example of people making a difference – bringing high touch to high tech, while backing it up with their wallet.

Today, a new International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR) was formed by the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, inspired by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics on the occasion of the 7th Global Agenda Summit in Dubai, UAE. The Council will advise on the best way to use robotics and artificial intelligence to improve people’s lives, including the creation of educational materials and a global action plan.

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Universal Robotics Neocortex Shifts Material Handling Flexibility to Software

3D Vision Guidance, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neocortex, Neocortex G2R Cell, Random Bin Picking, Robot Vision Guidance, Robotics / 05.08.2014

Check out this video showing Universal Robotics Neocortex – a patented next-generation machine intelligence software platform. It is guiding a robot to pick up a wide range of parts, providing flexible automation.

Traditionally, flexibility consisted of manually reconfiguring mechanical systems and sensors, and manually re-engineering algorithms to accommodate new parts. Neocortex’s machine learning can automatically handle a wide range of changing parts, reducing the need for manual changeovers. In the past, when a new part was introduced, even if the robot could pick up the new part, the robotic work cell would still require changes in fixturing, sensors, machine vision algorithms, and machine control.

In this video, see Neocortex guide the robot to handle various parts. Also shown is a demonstration of the simple training method for those occasional times an operator needs to teach Neocortex something new – a process that takes less than two minutes.

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