SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Boston-based Southie Autonomy was named winner of the 2018 Pitchfire startup competition held here at the annual RoboBusiness conference. The company’s intelligent robot software platform makes robotic automation feasible for batched material handling applications of any size without specialized programming expertise.
InOrbit, the AI-powered platform for RobOps (DevOps for Robotics) has launched and is now generally available. After months of working closely with customers who joined our Early Access Program, we are ready to work with robotics companies that are growing their fleet of autonomous robots.
InOrbit is a secure SaaS platform that enables robotics companies to develop, deploy and operate autonomous robots at global scale. Our customers and partners work across all industries, from agriculture and hospitality to logistics and retail.
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The market for autonomous service robots is on the verge of a massive expansion. This has been largely driven by advancements in core technologies such as computer vision as well as lower cost of key hardware components and a standardized software stack.
Like we’ve seen with other technology waves such as cloud and mobile, venture capital is pouring into the space, tripling in size from 2016 to 2017 and reaching +5B in 2017 by some estimates, which in turn is attracting more startups tackling an incredible variety of problems, from life-saving to mundane.
However there are still some big potholes on the road to widespread robot adoption. We cover 5 of them here; number 4 will not surprise you (if you are already scaling your robots).
#1 Robotics companies need to solve real business needs
The robotics companies that will succeed are those that solve a real business need. They fall in love with the problem, not with the solution.
#2 The tools that work in the lab aren’t great in the field
Once robots venture out into the real world, the tools used for development have distinct limitations.
#3 Using SSH to control your robots doesn’t scale
Moving beyond SSH could be seen as a litmus test for the maturity of a robotics company that is getting serious about operations at scale.
#4 A fleet of robots is like a data center from hell
Robots operate in uncontrolled environments, sometimes in far-flung locations, are usually mobile, have tight real-time computation constraints, connect to unreliable networks and need to be recharged.
#5 There are no best practices for managing autonomous robots at scale
The service robot industry is still evolving and has yet to develop consistent best practices. These are needed to reach the level of reliability and predictability required for massive adoption.
To learn more, about how InOrbit is addressing these needs, visit inorbit.ai or join us at RoboBusiness on September 27, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA, including our panel on Robotics Infrastructure at Global Scale.
RoboBusiness 2018 will kick off with the keynote presentation “Driving the Next Wave of Robotics Through AI.” Delivering this keynote will be vice president and general manager of autonomous machines at NVIDIA, Deepu Talla. Below, Talla shares an introduction to his presentation, as well as how NVIDIA is using AI to power developments in the robotics industry.
For the better part of 25 years, Silicon Valley’s ethos has been – as coined by Facebook — to “move fast and break things.” We are seeing this phenomenon again with rapid development of artificial intelligence and robotics, the latest transformative waves in technology.
But one thing is different this time:
As managing director, Asia, of STM Stieler, Georg Stieler works to provide market insights and business development to technology companies. At RoboBusiness, Stieler will be providing an Asian perspective on the Robo Industry Summit conference keynote “The Robotics Market Has Arrived! What Challenges and Opportunities Exist? Perspectives from Asia, the U.S., and Europe.”
While both Robotics Business Review and our annual RoboBusiness event serve the global automation ecosystem, it’s no secret that much of our core audience consists of robotics engineers. Why should you care about next month’s conference in Silicon Valley?
In response to attendee requests, we’ve beefed up the technical content at our flagship show, including a Design and Engineering Forum. Whether you’re building robots, evaluating or integrating them, or running them in real-world applications, here are 9 sessions at RoboBusiness 2018 that robotics engineers won’t want to miss. Register now!
As vice president and general manager of Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA, Deepu Talla is responsible for deploying AI technology in a variety of fields, from factory robots, to commercial drones, and video analytics.
At RoboBusiness 2018, Talla will deliver the opening keynote address “Driving the Next Wave of Robotics Through AI“, in which he will dive into how AI is powering the next generation of robots, as well as the work that NVIDIA is doing in this same field. Robotics Business Review recently spoke to Talla, who gave a preview of his keynote address.
Last year, a report to the European Parliament proposed giving robots legal rights and responsibilities. Policy makers are now debating about the report’s recommendations. If they pass laws granting robot rights, they would change the future of robotics in the European Union. Here are two of the report’s proposals:
As Director of Product Marketing for KUKA, Andy Chang is responsible for a range of KUKA software and IoT technology. At RoboBusiness, he’ll be sharing his expertise on these innovative technologies as a panelist on the Robo Supplier & Tech Forum keynote presentation “New Technology Applications: What Does This Mean for the Next Generation of Robots?”