Come to the ‘National Robotics Conference’ to know the latest news in mobile robotics

The ‘National Robotics Conference’, organized by the Spanish Automation Committee (CEA), will take place on June 14 and 15, 2018 at the School of Industrial Engineering of the University of Valladolid and take over from the conferences that were very successful were held in 2017 in Valencia.

CEA, through its Robotics Thematic Group (GTROB), promote these workshops to give visibility and show the activity that is carried out in the field of robotics research and technology transfer.

Robotnik invites you to the ‘National Robotics Conference’ to learn about the latest developments in mobile robotics. We will also share our vision on how collaborative mobile robots can contribute to the improvement of production processes. It will be at the round table ‘The New Challenges of Robotics in Industry 4.0’ that will take place on June 15 at 12:00 at the School of Industrial Engineering.

Do not miss it!

 

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European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018)

The robotics community in Europe will be attending the next week (13-15 Mach, Tampere, Filand) the  European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018). Robotnik team and some of our mobile robots and mobile manipulators look forward to meeting you!

Furthermore, ERF2018 is the unique robotics event that offers over 50 information-filled workshops with presentations by leading European experts from industry, business, and top-level academia, as well as relevant European policy makers.

Concretely, Robotnik will be attending 2 of these workshops:

  • 13 March (16:15-17:45): Robotics for inspection and maintenance of civil infrastructures. In it, our Project Manager Miquel Cantero will present the conference 'Mobile robotic systems from an SME standpoint'.
  • 15 March (14:00-15:30): Robotics for Logistics and Transport. ' Collaborative Mobile Robots in indoor transport' is the presentation of our Project Manager, Ángel Soriano.


Success of the 4th edition of the Ayri11 congress

Great success of assistance and organization, in the last edition of the Ayri11 event, which took place last Thursday, 2017 October 19, at the Tecnocampus (Mataró). A congress that trained attendees through mini-courses and executed parallel presentations, given by 11 leading companies in the sector, among which was Robotnik.

The objective of the Ayri11 congress is to bring the technical knowledge of the products closer to the visitors. With 446 registered several leading companies, were shared the latest developments in the Automation and Industrial Robotics sector, on a general theme "Era 4.0".

The founding partner of Ayri11, Mr. Javier García, explains to us: “We want to share the technical content of the Ayri11 partners with the technicians who make the decisions. The pillars of a company are generating wealth and creating employment. Training talent seems to be the great forgotten, this is where the maxim of Ayri11 and its partners is found. That is why we focus on providing continuous training to active technicians, but we also seek an immersion in the educational and training world ”.

Since 2011, 25 companies have joined, each and every one of which have contributed the technical and necessary knowledge to advise any company towards the "Era 4.0", providing information to future talents that the world of work needs.


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.

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IROS and ROSCon 2016, leading technology and World Robotics Experts meeting

Robotnik has been in the 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016) and ROSCon held in Daejeon, Korea. The conference have been integrates with full of workshops, exhibitions, robot demonstrations, and social activities for attendees and guests.

Robotnik have shown its great robotic platforms at the conferences. The RB-1 and flagship SUMMIT-XL have been there to show up the people their capacities.

Take a look to some pictures from the events.

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SUMMIT XL and RB-1 moving around the fair

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Robotnik team in the stand with its partner Barrett Technologies.

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RB-1 at your service on the exhibitor hall.

Thank you very much to all fairgoers. It was a pleasure to meet all your queries and concerns!


Robotic web applications

ROS is a great tool to develop new robotic applications. Its ease of use and its large amount of tools and wide community makes ROS a great way to start learning robotics, or to develop a state of the art industrial applications. In spite of all these advantages, one of ROS main limitations is that it must work on Linux systems, mainly Ubuntu. Linux and Ubuntu are increasing the number of desktop users, but nowadays the most used Operating Systems are Windows for desktop users, and Android for mobile. This makes hard to integrate applications when the end user has never used a Linux Ubuntu system, or its infrastructure is based on Windows or Android. This problem can be solved by developing robotic applications taking advantage of the ROS web framework. ROS web framework is a collection of open-source tools and modules, built around the Robot Web Tools project, with the goal of converge ROS with modern web and network technologies. This will create a broadly accessible environment for robot development and human-interaction research used over wide area networks.

Robot Web Tools uses WebSockets to communicate with ROS middleware, and offers several tools to help develop applications using rosbridge. The main front-end tools is the roslibjs package, that is a library to build ROS nodes using Javascript, and allows usage of ROS topics, services, goals, parameters and TF. ros2djs and ros3djs are used to create 2D and 3D visualization of the ROS environment, allowing to visualize maps, costmaps, grids, URDF models, InteractiveMarkers, PointClouds and other basic geometric shapes. This can be very useful to create your own navigation packages that can be controlled from any device.  Other useful tools are keyboardteleopjs, to move a robot using a simple keyboard interface, mjpegcanvasjs to visualize image topics, and speech_commands to control a robot using speech. Robot Web Tools also includes all necessary server nodes to interface the client-based modules with ROS. This nodes are  rosbridge_server, web_video_server, and tf2_web_republisher.

All these tools can help to solve the problem of the isolation of ROS in Linux systems, and allows the deployment of ROS applications on any device that can use a web browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc … ) In the future we can expect more development of the Robot Web Tools project, for example with the addition of new communication standards, like WebRTC, that will help with applications demanding intensive and high-bandwidth streaming.

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Illustration 1: SUMMIT XL Web 3D visualization

Illustration 2: Turtlebot web visualization

Illustration 3: Turtlebot web map navigation


Robotnik signs a collaboration agreement with GTRob, CEA Committee

Robotnik signs a collaboration and sponsorship agreement with Grupo Temático de Robótica (GTRob) from the Automatic Spanish Committee (CEA). The agreement has the aim of a cooperation between the public research organism, CEA, and Robotnik Automation.

After the success of the previous conference held in 2014 in Valencia, Robotnik will attend again the XXXVI Jornadas Nacionales de Automática as an official sponsor of the awards which will be presented at the closing session. The sponsored awards are the "Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis on Robotics" and "Award for the Best Poster of the Conference".

The conference will be held from 2nd to 4th of September, 2015 in the city of Bilbao. In this conference, professors, researchers, technicians, professionals and other specialists in robotics and automation have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences, and learn about the latest advances in teaching and scientific equipment, through discussion forums, exhibitions and lectures.

 


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Augmented Reality going into action

The Augmented Reality (AR) is said to be a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics, etc.)

Can you remember all the hype surrounding the computer interface of Steven Spielberg’s Minority report? This gestural interface is not at all the only AR reference in Sci-Fi movies. Now you may have Iron-Man’s display in mind. But it is not all about fantasy. This movie-like technologies have indeed inspired the development of the real ones.

It’s been quite a long time since the augmented reality is involved in some of the most interesting and innovative projects. This is the case of the now well-known Google glasses or the last sensation Microsoft Holo-Lens. The AR has a wide range of applications that can be revolutionary in many ways.

For instance, Google Tango Project turns out to be very interesting for roboticists. This project is focused on incorporating powerful 3D-mapping technology into mobile devices, making a huge amount of 3D measurements per second, and updating the location and position of a device while it maps a 3D model of the surrounding environment.

This technology is highly related to the mapping features integrated in Robotnik’s platforms.

The mobile robots like the Summit XL or Turtlebot2 are also carrying cameras with depth sensors such as Kinect or Asus Xtion, which allow them to obtain a 3d pointcloud of the environment. This can be done thanks to a ROS interface to depth sensors using the OpenNI standard.

Provided the data, this information can be processed with ROS powered packages and API’s such as RGBD-Slam and Octomap that are able to incrementally build a 3D map.

Another AR application currently used by Robotnik involves the identification of landmarkers or QR-like codes. They offer different information to the robot itself and can be used in order to identify poses of some objects in the environment or to be related with a certain location in the map.

Augmented Reality going into action

Again the ROS community and the proliferation of AR ROS packages like Ar_Track_Alvar or Ar_Pose states the relevance that AR is taking within the last years.

For sure we will see what else AR has to offer to the Robotics community in the coming years.


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Prosthetic research with Barrett Hands and WAM arms

A hand with a sense of touch it's something that amputees and prosthetic hand researchers have been acutely aware of for a long time, but creating robotic hands with a this kind of sense isn't trivial.

Veronica Santos, PhD in UCLA, is performing a research to advance prosthetic hands and arms and make them feel like a native limb. Santos is constructing a language of touch that a computer and a human can both understand by using SynTouch's BioTac® sensors to explore objects of varied shapes, sizes and textures, and using BarrettHands on a pair of force-controlled WAM™ arms from Barrett Technology to control these explorations.

Meanwhile, Case Western Reserve University researcher Dustin Tyler, PhD is also working on technology to advance prosthetic hands. His research focuses on the seamless transmission of sensory data to amputees. By implanting electrodes that encircle nerves, data from sensors on prosthetic hands can be transmitted to the brain.


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Robotnik will be present at MWC and ERF 2015

Mobile World Congress Barcelona (MWC) is one of the most important technological events worldwide, just taking a look at the numbers of the last edition, which was attended by 75,000 visitors, and conferences of influential people as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, or Jan Koum founder of Whatsapp, give us an idea of the importance of the event.

On the other hand, Robotnik will be also present at the sixth edition of European Robotics Forum (ERF) which will take place in Vienna, Austria. This 3-day event, from March 11-13, 2015, is a meeting point for at least 350 scientists, companies and robotics officials from the European Commission.

Robotnik will show some of their mobile platforms, such as Summit XL. We invite you to visit our stand (10B) and we’ll be delighted to welcome you.