Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading high-tech applied research institutions, is currently exhibiting its AI, robotics, and ICT technologies at its CES 2022 booth 9513, North Hall, LVCC, and its virtual event site (https://event.itri.org/CES2022).
A highlight of the exhibition is the RGB-D AI Robot, a CES 2022 Innovation Awards honoree. It is the world’s first collaborative robot featuring 3D vision as a built-in standard. The smart 3D vision sensing technology functions as a pair of sharp eyes on a robotic arm. It reduces the size of the sensor by 168 times compared with other robots, while increasing the sensing speed by 38.6 times.
The smart 3D vision sensing technology provides automatic three-dimensional scanning of the object area and assists the robotic arm in determining the correct angle of picking up objects based on the shape and placement of the object. Possible applications of the RGB-D AI Robot include sorting and packaging objects for smart automation in the manufacturing and logistics industries, while it also has potential use in retail or service businesses and healthcare to directly serve customers.
The RGB-D AI Robot also includes self-learning technology to enable fast, high-precision 3D object retrieval, eliminating the need for revising control programs to teach robots to identify objects, which often takes one to two weeks. Whenever a production line is changed or new materials are introduced, the RGD-D AI Robot can automatically scan tens of thousands of training materials, quickly learning the best handling strategy in less than 12 hours.
As the robotic arm becomes smarter, it can achieve auto-learning and recognize the pick-up or suction point for any new object. Consequently, engineering costs are greatly reduced, and production efficiency is boosted.
The RGB-D AI Robot has obtained 34 patents in 16 areas and has been transferred to the world’s second-largest collaborative robot brand, Techman Robot, for commercial development, and is expected to reach the market by March 2022.
ITRI is seeking technology transfers and business collaboration opportunities for the above technologies. Interested partners are welcome to book a meeting session at https://event.itri.org/ces2022/register.