Today we are present on Telecinco news!

And it is that in Robotnik we are very proud of our ELI autonomous shopping cart, which is showed today by the Telecinco news website in an article that talks about the shopping experience of the future and the big data, the artificial intelligence and products like our ELI shopping cart.

 

Read the full post here.

 


ROS 10 Year Montage

A montage showing the variety of robots in the ROS community.


Roberto Guzmán, CEO of Robotnik, interviewed on Cadena SER

Roberto Guzmán, CEO of Robotnik, explained in Cadena SER's ‘La llavor’ program how robotics is helping to optimize vineyard production. It is about providing the winemaker with one more tool for inspecting his vineyards without having to resort to traditional sampling, allowing him to provide more information and make the best decisions for his harvest.

You can listen to the interview from 11:36


Robotnik, a successful SME in collaborative mobile robotics

The Business Innovation Observatory provides evidence on the latest innovative trends in business and industry. It includes how the industry develops solutions, brings them to market, as well as the impact of these innovations on the economy. With this video we have had the opportunity to share our experience and how our mobile robots can contribute to improve our society and the quality of people life.


Robotnik expose its experience to the Escuela de Negocios y Dirección magazine

How find a niche market

Finding a niche market in which positioning yourself as a reference company is the goal of any company. "Niche markets. Find your share of stable segment "is the article published in the corporate magazine of the School of Business and Management and here we show the origins of our company. Knowing the keys to detect a niche and plan the corresponding business plan is at the basis of the future success of a company. This and other ideas are those that are exposed in the article and in which Robotnik has contributed his experience.

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The CEEI stands out to Robotnik as a reference company within the Service Robotics sector

Roberto Guzmán, CEO de Robotnik, collected the award

The European Center of Innovative Companies of Valencia has just recognized the trajectory of Robotnik granting us the CEEI Company Award. With it, Robotnik stands out as a reference company within the Service Robotics sector.

The award was presented during the celebration of the commemorative event of the 25th anniversary of the CEEI and was collected by our CEO, Roberto Guzmán. During this time, CEEI has made a great work in favor of the entrepreneurs and the innovative Valencian companies.

From Robotnik, we want to convey our sincere thanks to the CEEI for its support during all these years.

More information:

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ROS CONTROL, an API to control them all

ROS has been one of the greatest advances of the robotics industry in the past years. Its development began as a way to help the development of robot applications, easing the communication between sensors and algorithms, following the paradigm of “program once, test everywhere”.

This has been the pattern of the last years, and ROS has performed extremely good in that way. For example, you could code an algorithm to take an image as its input, without caring about which model, resolution or connection type, as long as it was supported by ROS and adopted its API.

But this focusing on the high level layer of application development led to an unthinkable oblivion: How was the access to actuators managed? How were the references of the actuators calculated? As in the case of high level applications, where the end user shouldn’t care about the source and destination of the data used and produced by him, in the case of robot control the user shouldn’t care about which type of actuators are used by a robot.

But today, this is not the situation anymore. ROS Control is the API that has been developed by the ROS community to allow simple access to different actuators. Using this standard API, the controller code is separated from the actuator code. For example, one could write a new controller implementing a fancy control strategy, and test it on different hardware without changing a single line of code. Or one could test different control algorithm with same hardware to find the most suitable for its needs.

ROS Control has different features that make it really appealing: real time capabilities, that allows to run control loops at hundreds of hertz; a simple manager interface, that gives access to the actuators and handles resource conflicts; a safety interface, that knows the hardware limitation of the joints and ensures that the commands sent to the actuators are between their limits; and a set off-the-shelf controllers that are ready to be used.

Have you ever thought about the mapping between joint and actuator space? ROS Control already did it. Normally this mapping is one-to-one, i.e. one actuator controls one joint, and their movement is related by a gearbox, so you don’t need to do messy calculations. However, in case of more complex scenarios, e.g. when a differential transmission is used, ROS Control gives us an elegant solution through its transmission interface to cope with this problem.

What about mixing different robot components into one? This is a trend nowadays, where robot components are autonomous and usable on their own, but can also be assembled into a single functional system. In those cases, ROS provides high level coordination between the components, but with ROS Control this coordination is also achieved at the low level, extending the control possibilities to far and beyond, for example, with a more coupled control between a robotic arm and the tool attached to it.

Finally, the separation between controllers and actuators allows an interesting option: simulation. Gazebo, the standard robot simulator used by ROS, implements simulated ROS Control actuators, and one can write and test a controller even before it has the real robot available. This feature of ROS Control is used at Robotnik to test new kinematic configurations for its most edgy robots, allowing for quick prototype delivery.

ROS Control is one of the key parts for the domination of the robotic world by ROS. As a world leading company in the ROS community, Robotnik makes an extensive use of ROS Control to give its customers the best products available on the market.


SUMMIT XL STEEL in action

SUMMIT-XL STEEL is a mobile robotic platform for application development (logistics, indoor transport, surveillance, etc.). It has a robust design and can carry up to 130 Kg payload.

Take a look to the mobile platform in movement on the following link:

The STEEL version of the SUMMIT-XL  is based on ROS and can incorporate a wide variety of lidars, structures, manipulators and others customizations.

SUMMIT-XL STEEL dimensions

Dimensiones SUMMIT XL STEEL

Find more information about SUMMIT-XL STEEL.

 


Robotnik begins the year at its new facilities in Fuente del Jarro

The newspaper "Levante-EMV" welcomes us to the industrial area of Fuente del Jarro where our new facilities are located.

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Robotnik collaborates with Fundación Novaterra

As every year, Robotnik  collaborates with Fundación Novaterra in the campaign "Más que una flor".

The Christmas campaign is a project to help people living in social exclusion. Through the sale of the traditional poinsettia, the funds are collected for socio labor insertion.

From Robotnik we are happy to contribute a bit to a huge project like this, so in our new facilities we have our precious Poinsettas to be distributed among our staff.

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