Each time Boston Dynamics publishes a video about new capabilities of their robots, words are not enough, and we just watch with awe… Such a video was published by Boston Dynamics yesterday…. We didn’t know what title to write, except to say “gymnast robot”…
Video and cover image source: Boston Dynamics – www.bostondynamics.com
InSystems and Model Engineering Solutions jointly developed a Simulink model of an adaptive fleet of InSystems’ proANT collaborating transport robots. The goal was to capture the desired adaptive system behavior to more effectively deal with the typical goals and challenges of collaborative embedded system groups (CSGs). A fleet of robots has to react to dynamic changes in the policy of the manufacturing execution system or the number and nature of its members to safeguard its functionality. The consistent application of a model-based development process for automation systems offers a variety of benefits to deal with these challenges. First and foremost, the specification of the CSG in the form of executable models allows for a fully virtual simulated representation of the robot fleet. This provides a sound foundation to efficiently develop and maintain the actual system. To exploit the full potential, a model-based approach relies on the reusability of models and test beds throughout the different development phases. Secondly, the model-based development process profits from a fully integrated tool chain that highly automatizes associated development activities. These include requirements management, modelling, and simulation as well as integrated quality assurance tasks, most notably, model-based static analysis and requirements-based testing. Tools such as the MES Model Examiner® and the MES Test Manager® are beneficial in streamlining the process.
Two units of amphibian Aeromapper Talons were utilized successfully during a set of trials during an expedition to beautiful Turneffe Atoll in Belize, in a work lead by the Zoological Society of London and the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association. The drones, built by Canadian company Aeromao, were used to detect and document illegal fishing activities and ecology research toward conservation efforts. The Turneffe marine protected area (MPA) in Belize, was delineated in 2012, but is difficult to manage, in part due to illegal fishing, its remoteness, and high running costs.
The water-landing and waterproof fixed-wing,
long range, multi camera drones were trialled to monitor and survey marine
megafauna (such as turtles, dolphins and sharks) but also as an exercise to
gather evidence of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
”The amphibious drone was able to fly to the site of interest at 110m altitude, gather intelligence and fly back very quickly. The images highlighted that indeed illegal building work had been occurring. Without the UAV the conservation officers would have no way of knowing this and they were very excited at this revelation”, states one of the conservation officers.
The current enforcement strategy on the Turneffe atoll involves
patrols in small boats, around the atoll, to find illegal fishers. Systematic
surveys for megafauna aren’t regularly carried out, so the conservation
officers tend to document animals they happen across on their patrol. However,
boat fuel is very costly, and this limits the amount of area the conservation
officers can patrol. The drones proved to a be an exceptional low-cost solution
to these challenges.
The conservation team found the front live-link HD camera an exceptional revelation, especially since they were immediately able to spot a diving boat on the LCD screen, that they could barely see from land. The UAV can fly for up to one and half hours, which, flying at 62kph, is a considerable distance and area potentially covered for surveillance.
The pair of drones were also repeatedly operated in BVLOS
scenarios. In fact, 24 BVLOS flights were successfully flown during the trials,
average length of 10.9km and with total transect lengths of 263km. The UAV reached a furthest point Beyond
Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of 11.3km. BVLOS was tested in a scenario where
the conservation officers particularly wanted to scope out a development site
several kilometres away across a large bay in order to detect any infringement
of their building contract.The amphibious drone was able to fly to the
site of interest at 110m altitude, gather intelligence and fly back very
quickly. The images & video recorded highlighted that indeed illegal
building work had been occurring. Without the UAV the conservation officers
would have no way of knowing this and they were very excited at this revelation
“We now have the tool we need to see further and faster than before. No one
will see us coming!”, Maurice, a conservation officer reported.
“The pair of drones were also repeatedly operated in BVLOS scenarios. In fact, 24 BVLOS flights were successfully flown during the trials, average length of 10.9km and with total transect lengths of 263km. The UAV reached a furthest point Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of 11.3km.”
Whilst the UAV flies, the 20mp nadir camera takes 5 images per
second, or stunning HD film and the front camera, which can be panned left to
right, films and records a live stream, allowing the conservation officers and
us, to see what’s out there, in real time, on an LCD screen back at the ground
station. Although the drones normally fly on pre-designed routes in auto mode,
switching to “assisted mode” to investigate something of interest, is no
problem. This kind of flexibility means that if fishers are found in the wrong
place, the drones can be steered quickly to get closer pictures of them or
loiter around the point of interest at the desired altitude to keep a constant
eye in the sky, or if dolphins are spotted for example, the drones can be
redirected to take a closer look and use the images to estimate the numbers of
the population in the area. Mapping of habitats, using the nadir camera was
also possible. Some areas of coral reef and seagrass beds were mapped using
Several static launches of the UAV from a small, moving skiff were
successfully performed, which is something that is unheard of for a fixed wing
– long range amphibious unmanned aircraft. This is a tremendously important,
and previously unknown ability of the UAV, as it now means that the conservation
officers can steam to an area where a beach for launching may not exist (very
common in mangrove forests), and simply launch from the boat, then land on the
water besides the skiff once the mission is completed. This way, no-where the
atoll is out of reach for the conservation team.
Impressive geo-referenced images of turtles, sharks, eagle rays,
manatees and birds were gathered during the surveys. A variety of habitats were
captured, and to identify environmental issues, such as accumulation of plastic
debris, and of sargassum seaweed which can cause deoxygenation of the water and
block out sunlight.
was used to build a spatial picture of how the atoll is used, be it by fishers
or fauna, i.e. how the animals use different habitats and when, and when and
where fishers are acting with impunity. The results and conclusions can feed
directly into planning where marine protected zones are placed. Previously,
information on fish abundances would be collected from by-catch on fishing
vessels. Since the Turneffe Atoll is a protected area, you can’t rely on catch
data anymore- this is where the drones really come into their own as a
non-invasive and efficient tool for surveying.
The scientists leading the expedition stated that having a UAV
which can easily land on the ocean, safely, and be flown again in moments, is an
exceptionally valuable tool. Likewise, the conservation officers in the
Turneffe Atoll are adamant that a UAV like the ones trialled, will become an
essential part of their patrolling and enforcement strategy, which will
ultimately lead to increased biodiversity in the area.
Amphibious drone tech/Postgraduate research assistant
Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London,
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY
TY – BOOK
AU – Schiele, Melissa
AU – Letessier, Tom
AU – Burke, Claire
PY – 2019/05/01
T1 – Amphibious Drone Field
Report, Belize. In partnership with the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association,
Zoological Society of London, the Marine Management Organisation and the
About the Aeromapper Talon Amphibious
Amphibious version of the Aeromapper Talon allows maritime operations by
autonomously belly landing on water. It’s the perfect solution for scouting,
data collection and mapping thanks to its dual camera set up and long-range
video link, up to 2hr endurance and demonstrated BVLOS capabilities up to 30kms
from the operators.
only truly amphibious multipurpose fixed wing drone in the market today, it can
sustain repeated operations in salt or fresh water. Perfect for:
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Sometimes, robot joints with pneumatic or hydraulic drives are
technically complex in design, partly with linear cylinders, pivot points and
many mechanical parts.
solutions currently present themselves in such a way that used linear cylinders
with a pivot bearing, bearing block and swivel head pivot the parts with the
help of levers and pivot bearings. This is very unfavorable if uniform forces
are to be generated over the entire movement sequence. In the Curvedrive, on
the other hand, the same force always acts on the component to be moved – as
indicated in the picture called “Alternative”.
Different variants of the Curvedrive with
piston rod, as double cylinder and also with guide carriage are executed with
the commercial piston diameters.
In addition, various housing versions are available, which are required
for the realization of pivoting angles from 10° to 150°, special versions and
multi-position cylinders with angles of 180° and more.
The drives in the video have swivel angles
of about 90 “, but variants with swivel angles of 120° to 150° are also
possible for knee or elbow joints. The movements of the Curvedrive as a combination of two drives can
be seen in the video.
The pivotal movement may be about a single axis, such as an elbow or knee joint. If Curvedrives are assembled in a combined manner, then movable drives can be represented around several axes, which are suitable, for example, as a shoulder joint for robots – as indicated in the picture called “Application for robot joints”.
Curvedrive is a
compact and combinable unit in which the joint is at the same time also the
rotary actuator. Servopneumatic or servohydraulic drives can be implemented in
combination with attached or integrated displacement or angle measuring
systems, making them an alternative to purely electric servo drives.
The safety in the
cooperation of humans and robots is ensured by the good adjustment and
controllability of the forces, as well as uniform motion sequences.
The Curvedrive offers
a wide range of possibilities for novel design and design concepts of
innovative robotics models. Industrial robots for manufacturing and assembly
tasks, as humanoid robots, helper for the people in household and service and
as independently operating work and transport robots under difficult operating
conditions for the completion of various tasks, or as a working machine that is
operated by humans, are just a few examples from the wide range of applications:
The Curvedrive offers as an alternative to
conventional linear drives in specific applications.
Work machines and vehicles with mobile pneumatics
handling and automation components
Curvedrive can be used both in robotics for
small joint structures and in mechanical engineering for heavy and powerful
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Compatible with DJI Mavic, Phantom and other SDK-enabled
USA, August 08, 2019 — Professional users of
prosumer-grade UAVs can now hover and land their drones precisely – for
drone-in-a-box, autonomous charging, indoor operations, remote inspection
missions and many other commercial use-cases.
Precision landing i.e. the ability to accurately
land a drone on a landing platform has until now been available mainly for
commercial-grade drones – particularly those running Ardupilot or PX4
autopilots. However, FlytBase now brings this powerful capability to prosumer
grade drones (eg. the DJI Mavic and Phantom series, including all variants)
that are SDK-enabled.
Fully autonomous precision landing is best delivered via a vision-based approach that leverages the inbuilt downward-looking camera and intelligent computer vision algorithms, while avoiding the need for external sensors, cameras and companion computers. The ability to configure and manage this capability over the cloud in real-time, customize the visual markers, and integrate with the ground control station makes it well suited for enterprise drone fleets.
Furthermore, commercially beneficial drone
missions need the ability to land the drone precisely on any target location
of interest or importance – not just on the home location. In fact, regardless
of the landing location, there also needs to be a closed loop that checks and
ensures that the drone did indeed land precisely where intended.
Precision landing can be further complicated due to operations in environments with weak or no GPS signals (such as dense urban areas with tall buildings, warehouses, retail stores, etc.), or landing on moving platforms. FlytDock enables the UAV to accurately loiter and land in such scenarios, including night landings and low light drone operations.
For long range, long endurance, repeatable, BVLOS
missions, customers need to deploy fully autonomous drone-in-a-box
(DIAB) solutions, which require the drone to take-off, hover and land very
accurately – along with automatic
charging, environmental protection and remote control. The challenge is that
existing DIAB offerings are overpriced to the point where production
deployments are commercially unviable. The good news for customers is that
prosumer drones are rapidly maturing along the technology S-curve, and are
available at extremely compelling price points – thus driving enterprise DIAB solutions
towards off-the-shelf drone hardware coupled with intelligent software that is
built on an open architecture with APIs, plugins and SDKs. This combination –
coupled with 3rd party charging pads and docking stations that use precision
landing technology, and a cloud-based GCS – results in an integrated,
cost-effective DIAB solution, at price points potentially one-tenth of the
existing drone-in-a-box products.
Indoor drone operations may not need full DIAB
solutions – instead, inductive or conductive, API-enabled charging pads may be
sufficient. Nevertheless, they too require precision landing seamlessly
integrated into the workflow to enable autonomous charging – including the ability and robustness to navigate
in no-GPS environments. Coupled with remote configuration & control over
the cloud or a local network, and fail-safe triggers, such precision landing
capability can drive large-scale indoor drone deployments.
Remote asset inspections, for example autonomous
inspections of wind turbine farms located in far-off rural areas, may not
require BVLOS permissions if granted regulatory waivers as part of FAA pilot
programs. However, the ability to takeoff and land precisely from outdoor
charging pads or docking stations is a key capability for such asset monitoring
missions, which may need to be conducted weekly or monthly per regulatory /
Nitin Gupta, FlytBase Director, commented, “We continue to expand the hardware-agnostic
capabilities of our enterprise drone automation platform with this latest
enhancement to FlytDock. Precision landing is now available to a customer
segment that has been severely under-served so far. In fact, most commercial
drone missions do not need expensive, monolithic drones, and can instead be reliably
executed with off-the-shelf, SDK-enabled drones. Hence, we believe it is
important to make our intelligent plugins available to drone technology
providers and system integrators who are building cost-effective UAV solutions
for their customers. Prosumer-grade drone fleets can now be deployed in
autonomous enterprise missions – with the ability to navigate and land
reliably, repeatedly, accurately.”
FlytBase is an enterprise drone automation
company with technology that automates and
scales drone applications. The software enables
easy deployment of intelligent drone fleets,
seamlessly integrated with cloud-based business applications. FlytBase technology is compatible with all major drone and hardware platforms. With IoT architecture, enterprise-grade security and reliability, the platform suits a variety of commercial drone use-cases, powered by autonomy.
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Produced by UAS Magazine, the UAS Summit & Expo will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the current state of the unmanned aircraft systems industry.
Grand Forks, ND — (July 23, 2019) — UAS Magazine announced the keynote speakers for the 2019 UAS Summit & Expo, the upper Midwest’s premier unmanned aircraft systems event, taking place August 27-28 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
“We are excited and honored to have the leaders from several major aviation organizations presenting at this year’s UAS Summit. With General David Goldfein, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff and senior uniformed Air Force officer, the Summit will provide an opportunity for attendees and exhibitors alike to hear firsthand how the U.S. Air Force views the future of UAS. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell will join General Goldfein on stage to offer the FAA’s input on the unmanned aviation space,” says Luke Geiver, editor and program director for UAS Magazine. “Senator John Hoeven from North Dakota, often referred to as the Silicon Valley of Drones, will join Goldfein and Elwell on stage in what should be an exciting, unique and powerful one-hour keynote presentation.”
This year’s agenda has been created with informative and timely presentations. The agenda will feature speakers with expertise on a specific topic area, including: the current state of the UAS industry; realizing beyond visual line of sight; or finding the future use of UAS in large and small operations.”
The 2019 program will have presentations given by the most influential UAS entities from the world, such as:
Northrop Grumman General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Northern Plains UAS Test Site SkySkopes Grand Sky L3 Harris Technologies Echodyne NASA FAA USAF and more
Summit, taking place in the original epicenter of drone research,
offers the most open airspace in the country. The Northern Plains has
become the “Silicon Valley of Drones” and the sky is now filled with
activity from commercial, government and military users.
year’s Summit may be the most informative and meaningful event we’ve
ever assembled” says John Nelson, vice president of marketing and sales
for UAS Magazine.
“Whether you are commercial or military, you will gain comprehensive
insight and network with the industry’s top leaders. Grand Forks is
where commercialization and innovation are happening.”
About UAS Magazine For commercial manufacturers and operators, UAS Magazine
highlights the most critical developments and cutting-edge technologies
for unmanned aerial systems in the civil, agriculture, defense and
commercial markets worldwide. UAS Magazine’s
readership includes executives, directors, managers and operators from
companies and organizations focused on expanding their knowledge of
unmanned aerial systems. UAS Magazine is an industry hub connecting decision-makers, who are looking for new technologies, with the most innovative companies.
ABB Robotics to develop solutions for the Hospital of the Future Press release | Zurich, Switzerland | 2019-07-10
estimated to reach nearly 60,000 non-surgical medical robots by 2025, almost
quadrupling vs. 2018
ABB announced that it will introduce
collaborative robots to medical laboratories as it opens a new healthcare hub at
the Texas Medical Center (TMC) innovation campus in Houston, Texas.
The facility will be ABB’s first dedicated
healthcare research center when it opens in October 2019. ABB’s research team will work on the TMC campus with medical staff,
scientists and engineers to develop non-surgical medical robotics systems,
including logistics and next-generation automated laboratory technologies.
Sami Atiya, President of ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business said, “The next-generation laboratory processes developed in Houston will speed manual medical laboratory processes, reducing and eliminating bottlenecks in laboratory work and enhancing safety and consistency. This is especially applicable for new high-tech treatments, such as the cancer therapies pioneered at the Texas Medical Center, which today require manual and time-consuming test processes.”
Today, a limiting factor to the number of
patients who can be treated is the need for highly skilled medical experts who spend
a large part of their day doing repetitive and low value tasks, such as
preparing slides and loading centrifuges. Using robots to automate these tasks
will enable medical professionals to focus on more highly skilled and
productive work, while ultimately helping more people to receive treatment
through dramatically speeding the testing process.
ABB has analyzed a wide range of current manual medical laboratory processes and estimates that 50% more tests could be carried out every year using automation, while training robots to undertake repetitive processes will reduce the need for people to do tasks which cause repetitive strain injury (RSI).
As the world population ages, countries are spending an increasingly larger proportion of their GDP on healthcare. In addition to improving the quality of patient care, increasing healthcare efficiency through automation can ease some of the societal, political and financial challenges that this will cause. The market for non-surgical medical robots is estimated to reach nearly 60,000 by 2025 with the market almost quadrupling vs. 2018, according to an internal ABB research.
ABB’s collaborative robots, which already operate in food and beverage laboratories worldwide, are well suited to medical facilities as they don’t require safety fences to operate safely and efficiently alongside people. The robots will undertake a range of repetitive, delicate and time-consuming activities including dosing, mixing and pipetting tasks as well as sterile instrument kitting and centrifuge loading and unloading.
Houston is a focal point for medical technology research globally and the TMC innovation ecosystem is the ideal location for ABB’s new healthcare hub. A 20-strong team from ABB Robotics will work in the new 5,300 sq ft (500m2) research facility, which includes an automation laboratory and robot training facilities, as well as meeting spaces for co-developing solutions with innovation partners.
“With this exciting partnership, Texas Medical Center continues to push the boundaries of innovative collaboration with cutting-edge industry partners by establishing TMC as the epicenter for ABB Robotics’ entry into the healthcare space,” said Bill McKeon, President & CEO of Texas Medical Center. “Operating a city within a city that sees 10 million patients on an annual basis, it is essential to prioritize efficiency, and precision and to develop processes that are easily repeatable in nature. By bringing ABB into the fold at TMC Innovation with this first-of-its-kind R&D facility for creating robotics solutions in healthcare, TMC is emphasizing its commitment to doing just that.”
“We are proud to co-develop collaborative robotics systems for the Hospital of the Future with one of the world’s most advanced partners and to test them in real-world laboratories to ensure they add value to healthcare professionals, driving innovation and transforming how medical laboratories operate worldwide,” added Atiya. “A key element of ABB’s long-term growth strategy is to continue to invest and innovate in service robotics, bringing our automation expertise to new areas such as healthcare and building on our automotive and electronics sectors business.”
ABB (ABB: NYSE) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability digital platform. ABB’s market‑leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.
ABB Robotics is a pioneer
in industrial and collaborative robots and advanced digital services. As one of
the world’s leading robotics suppliers, we are active in 53 countries and over
100 locations and have shipped over 400,000 robot solutions for a diverse range
of industries and applications. We help our customers to improve flexibility,
efficiency, safety and reliability, while moving towards the connected and
collaborative factory of the future. www.abb.com/robotics
ABOUT TMC INNOVATION
Texas Medical Center (TMC)—the largest medical city in
the world—is at the forefront of advancing life sciences. Home to the
brightest minds in medicine, TMC nurtures
cross-institutional collaboration, creativity, and innovation among its 106,000-plus
employees. With a campus of more than 50 million square feet, TMC annually
hosts 10 million patients, performs over 180,000 surgeries, conducts over
750,000 ER visits, performs close to 14,000 heart surgeries, and delivers over
25,000 babies. Beyond patient care, TMC is pushing the boundaries of clinical
research across its extensive network of partner institutions on a daily basis,
pioneering effective health policy solutions to address the complex health care
issues of today, and cultivating cutting-edge digital health applications and
medical devices. For more information, please visit www.tmc.edu.
TOKYO/SEATTLE/LOS ANGELES/LONDON, June 6, 2019 – After much
anticipation, ANA HOLDINGS INC., HaptX, SynTouch, Shadow Robot Company unveiled
the next generation of robotics technology at the Amazon Re:Mars Expo.
Incorporating the latest advances from across the field of robotic and united
by the ingenuity of ANA, the teleoperation and the telepresence system features
the first robotic hand to successfully transmit touch sensations. Jeff Bezos
Amazon’s CEO tried out the touch-sensitive, dexterous haptic robotic hand
set up in an exhibit hall at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and
described the experience as “weirdly natural.”
Bezos started out with a simple task:
picking up a plastic cup and dropping it onto a stack of cups. He then played
around with a palm-sized soccer ball and a rainbow ring-stacking puzzle stating
“OK, this is really cool.” It was the first time the collaborators of this
teleoperation and telepresence technology displayed their creation outside the
lab, to an audience made up of experts in machine learning, automation, robotics
and space, as well as the general public and to the world’s richest person,
Speaking to GeekWire Aerospace and Science
Editor, Alan Boyle, Bezos looked over at the Rubik’s Cube on the table. “You
want me to solve that Rubik’s Cube?” he joked. “I can’t even do that with my
hands!” When it was time to move on, Bezos gave his trademark laugh and said,
“that is really impressive.” He went on to say, “the tactile feedback is really
tremendous.” After taking off the haptic gloves, one of the spectators asked
Bezos how it felt. “Weirdly natural” he responded.
By combining Shadow Robot’s world-leading dexterous robotic
hand with SynTouch’s biomimetic tactile sensors and HaptX’s realistic haptic
feedback gloves, the new technology enables unprecedented precision
remote-control of a robotic hand. In
recent tests, a human operator in California was able to operate a computer
keyboard in London, with each keystroke detected through fingertip sensors on
their glove and faithfully relayed 5000 miles to the Dexterous Hand to
recreate. Combining touch with
teleoperation in this way is ground-breaking and points to future applications
where we might choose – or need – to perform delicate actions at a distance,
e.g. bomb disposal, deep-sea engineering or even surgery performed across
Kevin Kajitani, Co-Director of ANA
HOLDINGS INC. Avatar Division says, “We are only beginning to scratch the surface of what
is possible with these advanced Avatar systems and through telerobotics in
general. In addition to sponsoring the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE, we’ve approached
our three partner companies to seek solutions that will allow us to develop a
high performance, intuitive, general-purpose Avatar hand. We believe that this
technology will be key in helping humanity connect across vast distances.”
Jake Rubin, Founder and CEO of HaptX says, “Our sense of touch is a
critical component of virtually every interaction. The collaboration between
HaptX, Shadow Robot Company, SynTouch, and ANA brings a natural and realistic
sense of touch to robotic manipulation for the first time, eliminating one of
the last barriers to true telepresence.”
Dr. Jeremy Fishel, Co-Founder of
SynTouch says, “Users will see just how essential the sense of touch
is when it comes to dexterity and manipulation and the various applications it
can have within industry.”
Rich Walker, Managing Director of the
Shadow Robot Company says, “Our remotely controlled system can help transform work within
risky environments such as nuclear decommissioning and we’re already in talks
with the UK nuclear establishment regarding the application of this advanced
technology. It adds a layer of safety between the worker and the radiation zone
as well as increasing precision and accuracy within glovebox-related tasks.”
Paul Cutsinger, Head of Voice Design
Education at Amazon Alexa says, “re:MARS embraces an optimistic vision for scientific
discovery to advance a golden age of innovation and this teleoperation
technology by the Shadow Robot Company, SynTouch and HaptX more than fits the
bill. It must be seen.”
“Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded
the respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013 from SKYTRAX. ANA is the only Japanese airline to win this
prestigious designation seven years in a row. Additionally, ANA has
been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three
times in the past 10 years – 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few
airlines winning this prestigious award for multiple times.
ANA was founded
in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as
well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 80
international routes and 118 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub
model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two
airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations
throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North
American, Asian and Chinese cities.
ANA has been a
member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with
United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and
Besides the full
service and award winner carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs
as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited.
The ANA Group carried 53.8 million passengers in FY2017, has
approximately 39,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a
proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787
Founded in 2012 by Jake Rubin and Dr. Robert Crockett, HaptX is a
technology company that simulates touch sensation with unprecedented realism.
HaptX Gloves enable natural interaction and realistic haptic feedback
for virtual reality, teleoperation, and telepresence for the first time.
HaptX is a venture-backed startup with offices in San Luis Obispo, CA and
Seattle, WA. www.haptx.com
About SynTouch Inc.
developed and makes the only sensor technology in the world that endows robots
with the ability to replicate – and sometimes exceed – the human sense of
touch. Its flagship product – the BioTac – mimics the physical properties and
sensory capabilities of the human fingertip. Founded in 2008 and headquartered
in Los Angeles, SynTouch develops tactile instrumentation that helps customers
quantify how their products feel. www.syntouchinc.com
About Shadow Robot Company:
The Shadow Robot Company is one of the UK’s leading robotic developers, experts at grasping and manipulation for robotic hands. Shadow has worked with companies and researchers across the globe, looking at new ways to apply robotics technologies to solve real-world problems. They develop and sell the Dexterous Hand, recently used to advance research into AI, and the Modular Grasper, an essential tool for supporting industry 4.0. Their new Teleoperation System is being developed for the AVATAR X space program (their third space collaboration after NASA and ESA) and can be deployed in nuclear safety and pharma labs. www.shadowrobot.com
The Tactile Telerobot is the world’s first haptic telerobotic system that transmits realistic touch feedback to an operator located anywhere in the world. It is the product of joint collaboration between Shadow Robot Company, HaptX, and SynTouch. All Nippon Airways funded the project’s initial research and development. It has been described as ” Weirdly natural… this is really impressive, the tactile feedback is really tremendous !” by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos. Learn more at tactiletelerobot.com
Interested readers can also view further information at: https://www.shadowrobot.com/telerobots/
And here is a youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rZYn62OId8&feature=youtu.be
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With New Patent Granted, AKA Brings a Step
Closer to More Affective Human-Robot Interaction
Santa Monica, CA, April 12, 2019 — AKA, an AI development company, today
announced the issuance of PCT Patent (PCT/KR2018/006493, REG 1019653720000) for
“Method of Determining Emotion of
Computer Dialogue Agents.”
patented technology involves a method for determining the emotions of computer
based on a psychoevolutionary theory–Plutchik’s
wheel of emotions–which classifies emotions to eight basic categories,
AKA’s new patented technology makes it possible to determine the emotion of a
computer dialogue agent by using dimensionality reduction techniques to map
sentences into a color-emotion space.
To determine the emotional content of a sentence, the method employs dimensionality reduction techniques to map emotions as points in the three dimensional space. It uses sentences’ pleasure, arousal and dominance values produced by a regression algorithm trained on in-house data to project a point into the 3-dimensional coordinate system. The point is then mapped into a color-emotion space as specified by Plutchik’s wheel of emotions. The final value of the emotion is determined by the point’s position in the color-emotion space: the type of emotion, the intensity of emotion, as well as a color to represent it. This information is finally used to determine the facial expression of Musio, the color of its heart, and as a parameter in guiding the dialogue between the user and Musio.
this is a very important patent received,” said Raymond Jung, CEO of AKA. “it
will further strengthen our AI Engine, MUSE, with more accurate emotional
expressions in human-robot communications.”
information about AKA’s patent in Method of Determining Emotion of Computer,
please visit here.
developing AI engines to help improve communication between people and all
things digital. AKA’s technology integrates artificial intelligence and big
data to more effectively deliver essential communication tools, such as
speaking, writing, facial expressions, and gestures, that are often overlooked.
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Carnegie Mellon Robot, Art Project To Land on Moon in 2021
June 6, 2019
CMU Becomes Space-Faring University With Payloads Aboard Astrobotic Lander
Mellon University is going to the moon, sending a robotic rover and an
intricately designed arts package that will land in July 2021.
four-wheeled robot is being developed by a CMU team led by William
“Red” Whittaker, professor in the Robotics Institute. Equipped with
video cameras, it will be one of the first American rovers to explore
the moon’s surface. Although NASA landed the first humans on the moon
almost 50 years ago, the U.S. space agency has never launched a robotic
The arts package, called MoonArk, is
the creation of Lowry Burgess, space artist and professor emeritus in
the CMU School of Art. The eight-ounce MoonArk has four elaborate
chambers that contain hundreds of images, poems, music, nano-objects,
mechanisms and earthly samples intertwined through complex narratives that blur the boundaries between worlds seen and unseen.
Mellon is one of the world’s leaders in robotics. It’s natural that our
university would expand its technological footprint to another world,”
said J. Michael McQuade, CMU’s vice president of research. “We are
excited to expand our knowledge of the moon and develop lunar technology
that will assist NASA in its goal of landing astronauts on the lunar
surface by 2024.”
Both payloads will be delivered to the moon by a Peregrine lander, built and operated by Astrobotic Inc.,
a CMU spinoff company in Pittsburgh. NASA last week awarded a $79.5
million contract to Astrobotic to deliver 14 scientific payloads to the
lunar surface, making the July 2021 mission possible. CMU independently
negotiated with Astrobotic to hitch a ride on the lander’s first
robots have been on land, on the sea, in the air, underwater and
underground,” said Whittaker, Fredkin University Research Professor and
director of the Field Robotics Center. “The next frontier is the high
more than 30 years at the Robotics Institute, Whittaker has led the
creation of a series of robots that developed technologies intended for
planetary rovers — robots with names such as Ambler, Nomad, Scarab and
Andy. And CMU software has helped NASA’s Mars rovers navigate on their
“We’re more than techies — we’re scholars of the moon,” Whittaker said.
CMU robot headed to the moon is modest in size and form; Whittaker
calls it “a shoebox with wheels.” It weighs only a little more than four
pounds, but it carries large ambitions. Whittaker sees it as the first
of a new family of robots that will make planetary robotics affordable
for universities and other private entities.
Soviet Union put large rovers on the moon fifty years ago, and China
has a robot on the far side of the moon now, but these were massive
programs affordable only by huge nations. The concept of CMU’s rover is
similar to that of CubeSats. These small, inexpensive satellites
revolutionized missions to Earth’s orbit two decades ago, enabling even
small research groups to launch experiments.
is a big factor in affordability, Whittaker said. Whereas the Soviet
robots each weighed as much as a buffalo and China’s rover is the weight
of a panda bear, CMU’s rover weighs half as much as a house cat.
Astrobotic landing will be on the near side of the moon in the vicinity
of Lacus Mortis, or Lake of Death, which features a large pit the size
of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field that is of considerable scientific interest.
The rover will serve largely as a mobile video platform, providing the
first ground-level imagery of the site.
MoonArk has been assembled by an international team of professionals
within the arts, humanities, science and technology communities. Mark
Baskinger, associate professor in the CMU School of Design, is
co-leading the initiative with Lowry.
MoonArk team includes CMU students, faculty and alumni who worked with
external artists and professionals involved with emerging media, new and
ancient technologies, and hybrid processes. The team members hold
degrees and faculty appointments in design, engineering, architecture,
chemistry, poetry, music composition and visual art, among others. Their
efforts have been coordinated by the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative
Inquiry in CMU’s College of Fine Arts.
the ark and its contents a capsule of life on earth, meant to help
illustrate a vital part of the human existence: the arts.
“If this is the next step in space exploration, let’s put that exploration into the public consciousness,” he said. “Why not get people to look up and think about our spot in the universe, and think about where we are in the greater scheme of things?”