What’s New in Robotics? 23.08.2022


    Information briefs for the week check out Japan’s FamilyMart robots restocking cabinets, an enormous Stäubli robotic hefting round 176-lb. wheels of cheese, robots manually QC-ing apps on cellphone screens, Tesla’s humanoid robotic vs. Xiaomi’s, and 800 ElliQ robots dwelling with seniors.


    Robots restock cabinets at Japan’s FamilyMart

    In 2021, the 16,000-strong chain of Japan’s FamilyMart comfort shops (referred to as “conbini” in Japanese) opened its first completely “unmanned retailer”); right here in 2022, it’s now including robots to restock cabinets.

    Lack of accessible retail labor (lengthy an issue in Japan) and now including an answer for boringly repetitive shelf restocking made robots a simple selection.

    Robots restock shelves at Japan’s FamilyMartTokyo-based Telexistence will provide its TX SCARA robotic to 300 FamilyMart shops starting in August (2022).

    TX SCARA runs on a observe and contains a number of cameras to scan every shelf, utilizing AI to establish drinks which are working low and plan a path to restock them. The AI system can efficiently restock drinks routinely greater than 98% of the time.” For the two% miscues, Telexistence has distant operators on standby to appropriate a bungled restock.

    Jam-packed with NVIDIA tech, the TX SCARAs can be provided as Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) to FamilyMart. Success in Japan, says the corporate, will permit it to market North America’s 150,00-plus comfort shops in 2023.

    Faculty days for robots: “The Telexistence crew used customized pre-trained neural networks as their base fashions, including artificial and annotated real-world knowledge to fine-tune the neural networks for his or her utility. Utilizing a simulation setting to create greater than 80,000 artificial photographs helped the crew increase their dataset so the robotic might study to detect drinks in any shade, texture, or lighting setting.”



    Cheese bot replaces “2.5 employees” at German dairy

    The Leupolz Emmental cheese dairy within the Allgäu area of Germany employs a heavy-weight (1,000 kg (2,204.6 lbs), six-axis, Swiss-based Stäubli TX200L HE (HE refers to “humid setting model”) to deal with and look after 176-lb. wheels of Emmental cheese.

    The plant processes about 6,000 cheese wheels yearly.

    Previously, the work of the only TX200L was carried out by three individuals. As we speak it’s carried out by “half” an worker. There are apparent financial savings over time on personnel prices, and the robotic additionally eliminates weekend work and time beyond regulation.

    Cheese bot replaces “2.5 workers” at German dairyCaring for a 176-lbs cheese wheel is labor intensive, in accordance with Achim Baumgärtner, an government assistant on the dairy. “Every cheese wheel needs to be attended to about 3 times every week to make sure optimum high quality. With a mean maturation interval of 4 months, the cheeses should be washed, brushed, and salted between 40 and 50 occasions, which is doubtlessly pricey by way of labor and expenditure.”

    The six-axis robotic is supplied with a particular gripper that resembles the prongs of a forklift [gripper alone weighs 33 lbs [15kg]. The gripper picks up the wood board on which the cheese rests and locations it on the system’s conveyor belt; it’s then washed, brushed, sprayed with salt, and at last dried with a blower.

    When washed and dried, the TX200L picks up every wheel and returns it for extra growing old.

    Robots QC-ing cellphone contact screens

    Do you know that cellphone cellular app makers rent people (normally from the likes of Applause, Infosys, and Qualitest) to “manually” QC-test contact screens?

    Speak about boring jobs!

    “Testing is a time-consuming and costly course of, with 31% of app improvement companies in a single ballot estimating bills at between $5,000 and $10,000.”

    Robots QC-ing cellphone touch screensFor some app makers, high-quality testing merely isn’t out there, both as a consequence of logistics causes or the relentless push to succeed in launch.Customers don’t look kindly on poor experiences — 88% say they’ll abandon apps primarily based on minor glitches, in accordance to software program testing vendor Qualitest.”

    Eden Full Goh, and her startup New York Metropolis-based Mobot, thinks she has discovered a greater means. Let robots do the guide testing. She sees her robots as higher replacements for QC-ing than emulators and automatic testing.

    VCs Cota Capital, Heavybit, Uncorrelated Ventures, Bling Capital and Major Enterprise Companions agree, and ponied up a $12.5 million Collection A spherical to show her level.

    As Goh sees it: “At Mobot, we imagine that the legacy testing frameworks will solely take you to this point, and don’t cowl real-world testing eventualities. We imagine having mechanical robots do the tapping, swiping, and testing is the best choice for accuracy, effectivity, and protection – permitting your groups to deal with higher-value work.”

    Think about a warehouse stuffed with Goh’s robots QC-ing apps as a substitute of people. Commonsense says it’s the one means. Based on RiskIQ, the variety of cellular apps on the planet is a mind-bending 8.93 million, (2020), with China accounting for 40% of app spending).

    To see simply how boring this have to be for people, try the two-minute video (attempt not to go to sleep!)


    Humanoid robots: Tesla vs. Xiaomi

    Tesla’s humanoid is called Optimus, Xiaomi’s CyberOne; each look related, and each are after the identical market: your front room.

    In an interview launched as we speak, Elon Musk (Tesla’s founder) stated: “We plan to launch the primary prototype of a humanoid robotic this 12 months [2022] …Thereafter, humanoid robots’ usefulness will improve yearly as manufacturing scales up and prices fall. Sooner or later, a house robotic could also be cheaper than a automotive. Maybe in lower than a decade, individuals will have the ability to purchase a robotic for his or her mother and father as a birthday reward.”

    Humanoid robots: Tesla vs. XiaomiLei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi, onstage received a rose handed to him by CyberOne on the firm’s splashy launch occasion in Beijing. Lei Jun stated: “CyberOne’s AI and mechanical capabilities are all self-developed by Xiaomi Robotics Lab. We’ve invested closely in R&D spanning varied areas, together with software program, {hardware} and algorithms innovation.”

    Musk, as we’ve heard many occasions, says: Tesla, due to its main investments in autonomous driving, is arguably the largest robotics firm on the earth.

    The large distinction to this point is that CyberOne exists; Optimus, not a lot. Xiamoi’s humanoid appears a bit fragile because it walks (see animated GIF), nonetheless, “outfitted with a self-developed Mi-Sense depth imaginative and prescient module and mixed with an AI interplay algorithm, CyberOne is able to perceiving 3D house, in addition to recognizing people, gestures, and expressions, permitting it to not solely see however to course of its setting… CyberOne is ready to detect happiness, and even consolation the consumer in occasions of unhappiness.”

    Little doubt Tesla’s vehicle autonomy tech will discover its means into Optimus sometime quickly. For now, CyberOne is tangible…and means out in management place.

    Humanoid robots: Tesla vs. Xiaomi

    State of New York buys 800 ElliQ robots

    One robotic that’s already in dwelling rooms is Israeli-based Instinct Robotics’ tabletop ElliQ. The New York State Workplace for the Getting older (NYSOFA) has bought 800. Price: $250, with a month-to-month service cost of $30.

    State of New York buys 800 ElliQ robotsNYSOFA’s Director Greg Olsen stated: “We’re so happy to accomplice with Instinct Robotics and make ElliQ out there to older adults in New York. This product does so many issues to enhance well being, fight isolation, and enhance general well-being and independence. Designed with enter from older adults, the way forward for supporting and serving older adults contains know-how. The long run is right here.”

    Within the U.S., there are 14 million adults over 65 who dwell alone (and rising quick!). Fairly a marketplace for ElliQ; fairly the market as nicely for the vastly dearer Tesla Optimus and Xiaomi CyberOne.

    With the aged the quickest rising group for suicide within the U.S., (Nationwide PubIic Radio: Remoted And Struggling, Many Seniors Are Turning To Suicide), ElliQ is a cheap choice to direct, in-home care from a human caregiver. ElliQ is mainly the “voice” of caring, which is what many seniors desperately want.


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