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Plataforma robótica móvil para fines de investigación y educación en robótica social y de servicio

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOPT20160317001
Publicado:
24/10/2016
Caducidad:
24/10/2017
Resumen:
Una pyme portuguesa de ingeniería que desarrolla soluciones robóticas y tecnologías portátiles ofrece una plataforma robótica móvil para promover los campos de robótica social y de servicios y la interacción humano-robot, especialmente con fines de investigación y educación. Al igual que otras plataformas robóticas móviles creadas para contextos sociales, esta plataforma se ha diseñado para asistencia en actividades de la vida diaria (ADL), pero al ser una plataforma de código abierto también se aplica en el ámbito de investigación y académico en cualquier otro dominio de la robótica. La empresa busca socios interesados en soluciones robóticas para establecer acuerdos de comercialización con asistencia técnica (ensamblaje, ingeniería y consultoría técnica), joint venture y fabricación.

Details

Tittle:
Mobile robotic platform for research and education purposes in social and service robotics
Summary:
A Portuguese engineering SME developing robotic solutions and wearable technology offers a mobile robotic platform designed to foster the domains of social and service robotics and promote human-robot interaction, with particular focus on research and educational markets. The company is looking for a commercial agreement with technical assistance (e.g. assembly, engineering, technical consultancy), joint ventures and/or a manufacturing agreement with partners interested on robotic solutions.
Description:
A Portuguese engineering SME has developed a mobile robotic platform designed to provide a wide range of services and promote human-robot interaction, so as to tackle the several challenges inherent to social robotics, with particular focus on both research and educational markets.

As any other mobile robotic platform built for social robotic contexts, it is designed to provide activities of daily living (ADL) assistance (e.g. acting as a voice-dialing enabled service, identify and transport a glass of water, etc.), but the fact that it was designed to also be completely open source makes it ideal for research and academia in all domains of robotics. Therefore, the mobile robotic platform includes a processing architecture divided into multiple levels, from an Arduino low-level programming (an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software) to a Robot Operating System (ROS) mid-level programming. It also includes a higher-level programming layer for educational purposes using a MATrix LABoratory (MatLab) and its Robotics System Toolbox to communicate with ROS. Also, being an internet-connected device, its computational and memory capabilities are further extended using a cloud computing framework.

The robot is built as a robust omnidirectional platform that can carry up to 100kg, ideal for transporting heavy loads within domestic context or to even transport a user in indoor facilities (e.g., healthcare centers). The mobile robotic platform is also equipped with a state-of-the-art lithium iron phosphate (LiFeYPO4) internal battery for maximum security, even under adverse environments, providing energy autonomy in full operation (fully loaded) over 4 hours and a 6 degrees of freedom (DoF) robotic manipulator, which allows interacting with the scenario in order to, for instance, delivering a load or opening a door. The mobile robotic platform also includes several sensors, such as 16 ultrasound range sensors; 2 Hokuyo UST-20LX Scanning Laser Rangefinder for a 360º field of view and 1 Microsoft Kinect One Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera. This sensory system is processed using an ATmega2560 low-level controller and Internal high-level controller Intel NUC, which provides the capacity to run computationally intensive algorithms, such as 3D simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM).

The company´s philosophy is to produce and commercialize new products and know-how in line with the state-of-the-art, promoting the cooperation between public institutions and private technological entities, adopting both concepts of market-pull and technology-push. The company has been developing internet-connected solutions, where users interact with smart devices, such as robots or wearable solutions, through browser-based applications developed using both Hypertext Markup Language, version 5 (HTML5) and Web Graphics Library (WebGL) technologies. These applications are hosted within a Cloud platform - a scalable cloud-based architecture for efficient information sharing between the users, the smart devices and the browser-based applications.
Advantages and Innovations:
Although it has the potential to be used in most social robotic contexts, such as to provide activities of daily living (ADL) assistance (e.g., acting as a voice-dialing enabled service, identify and transport a glass of water, etc.), the robot was designed to be completely open source, with Arduino (an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software) and Robot Operating System (ROS) development.

Therefore, the biggest advantages and innovations of the robot are as follows:
- Open-source robotic platform, ideal for research and academia in all domains of robotics
- Wide range of sensors, including ultrasound range sensors, laser rangefinders and Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera
- Processing architecture divided into multiple levels, with Arduino-based controller at the lowest level and Intel Core i5 NUC computer at the highest level
- 6 degrees of freedom (DoF) robotic manipulator to interact with the environment
- Low cost when compared to available alternatives
- High energy autonomy (more than 4 hours at full load)

As such, it focuses on all main challenges inherent to these applications, with particular attention to:
- Human-robot interaction: the robot can be used for simple human-robot interaction as a robot companion using its red, green and blue (RGB) facial light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for artificial emotion expression, or to promote serious interactive games using its touchscreen and robotic manipulator to physically interact with users.
- Transportation: the robot is a robust omnidirectional platform with an embedded chair which allows to easily and comfortably transport a user from one place to another in large indoor environments, such as healthcare centers and hospitals.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Other
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
The company published some scientific articles on the mobile robotic platform developed.

The robot has not been patented.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The company is looking for partners such as R-Y-D Institutions, Universities and industries that work in the areas of research and education related with robotic solutions and may need a social/service robot for research and education purposes.

Potential partners must be interested in acquiring and commercializing the mobile robotic platform through the establishment of a commercial agreement with technical assistance (by providing assembly, engineering and technical consultancy), a joint venture and/or a manufacturing agreement.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Portuguese

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01001001 Automation, Robotics Control Systems
01002003 Electronic engineering
01002004 Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems