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BY TOMMI TIKKANEN, M.Sc.(Eng.), Lead Robotics Engineer, Project Manager, Team Leader, Developer
Not even many engineers know what middleware is. There’s a simple reason for that — usually, it’s invisible. And normal users don’t care how Google Maps connects to its backend servers, they just want to see the map. Same in business — managers don’t generally worry about how things are connected, as long as everything eventually works.
RoboGuide for visually impaired people
There has been a worldwide demand already for decades to develop a robot for visually impaired people as an alternative for the guide dog. However, the development of such a device has become technologically and economically feasible only during the last decade mainly due to the maturation of relevant sensor technologies and algorithmics.
RoboGuide project is funded through EU EuroStars program. Our partner is a German company Locomotec. Their application is a running companion for the visually impaired. The project started in Nov 2018 and will continue until April 2021. The target is to develop and test a prototype that would be ready for further development and become a commercial product within a year or two. The project is run by one of company’s founders, COB Professor Emeritus Aarne Halme.
The first year was used to interview potential visually impaired users and to produce the first mock-up test equipment to evaluate the mechanical structure, its ergonomical aspects and to study the functionality of the sensors attached. The robot has two driving wheels and in the middle of their axis a vertical bar with a joint. At the top of the bar there is the user handle with access switches. The user follows the equipment by holding the handle. The user is able to adjust the speed and the pulling force. The most important sensors are a laser-radar, camera and inertial unit. The robot has also a satellite navigation unit.
Current mechanical construction is an engineering version but soon the robot will get a designed cover for the protection of the electronics and a smart outlook. The sofware stack is under continuous development and additional functionalities are added and tested all the time. To get more information about the technical details, please visit the project’s Blog (with Finnish, English and German texts) at RogoGuide.org
Rebooting street sweeping
Just after releasing the other day the cool video from LMAD project(shown below), where GIM Robotics built a beautiful autonomous last-mile delivery robot piloted at Aalto University Campus, Otaniemi, Finland, we were yesterday part of the launch of the great Trombia Free autonomous street sweeper. Well, they might call it a street sweeper. We call it an awesome autonomous service robot. Check out this Hollywood quality video. Once you have enjoyed that appetizer, you should move into the main course and hear the full story. It includes also the prize winning performance of our own Tapio Taipalus (14:15 onwards). Our CEO tells you what GIM Robotics did in this great project and how we did it. If you still have some room for the dessert, read what the prestige ROBOTREPORT tells about this game changing launch. Trombia Free will definitely rock the world!
LMAD testing at Aalto Campus
Last month, the LMAD startup successfully operated its last mile autonomous delivery platform at the Aalto University Campus, near Helsinki, Finland. The local K-Market grocery store offered its customers the option of ordering their groceries online and having them delivered by LMAD’s autonomous delivery robot. That main hero of the above video (in addition to the brave shop owner of the Otaniemi K-Market Aleksi Tapani of course) is that great looking autonomous mobile robot, which, you guessed it right, was built by GIM Robotics.
After you have watched the movie, while enjoying your popcorn and beverages, please read Gergely’s (from LMAD) blog post and EIT Digital’s news article to get the full picture. The last-mile delivery is one of those really hot topics in service robotics business. This LMAD led EIT Digital supported project together with Futurice, Forum Virium Helsinki, Bestmile, ClickandEasy, TwinswHeel and Cap Digital has been a real success story so far and we at GIM Robotics can hardly wait for the next phase.
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