Step into the future as this keynote panel explores the remarkable advancements and current landscape of humanoids. Humanoids have historically been relegated to robotics research labs to help push the boundaries of legged locomotion and control systems. However, the tides are changing, and this panel will explore the technological breakthroughs that are propelling humanoids into the real world. Gain firsthand insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and discover which industries are poised to be early adopters of these remarkable creations.
Farmers are up against a monumental challenge: feeding a growing population with less available land, labor, and resources. The world’s population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, increasing the global food demand by 50%. However, overall employment of agricultural workers is only projected to grow by 1% by 2029, slower than average for all occupations.
Advanced robotics are essential to helping farmers upskill limited labor and perform precise tasks at scale. Robotics are also the key to bringing autonomy and automation to the farm. Today, farmers use highly-automated machines to prepare the soil, plant, spray, and harvest. With continued robotic innovation, farmers can perform tasks faster and with fewer resources to provide the food, fuel, and fiber our world needs. This presentation will explore the value robotics bring to the farm and what other industries can learn from its purposeful use case in agriculture.
Warehouse automation is a growing trend, and it involves the complexity of combining materials handling equipment, sensors, conveyance, and software to solve these challenges at very high speeds. Labor challenges continue to impact the growing warehousing and e-commerce markets so we must look to identify best-in-class technologies that can solve the complexity in the warehouse. The warehouse of the future includes more efficient picking and sorting technology, with fewer errors and increased reliability regardless of the packaging.
In this session, Salvalaggio will break down the different descriptions of mixed product palletizing and depalletizing and describe how vision technology and software create new applications within the warehouse. He will break down case studies of robotically inducting cases into an automated storage-based system.
Attendees will learn about:
• Challenges associated with mixed load palletizing and depalletizing
• Real-world examples for pallet to storage case handling solutions
• Vision enabling technology for de-palletizing and case-handling solutions
With the rapid advancements in robotics technology, labor shortages, and the aging population, the demand for humanoids and exoskeletons with enhanced efficiency and performance has grown. Humanoids and exoskeletons are increasingly used in diverse applications, including healthcare, manufacturing, construction, and customer service sectors. This necessitates highly efficient, precise, and powerful electric motors to help replicate human-like movements accurately and enhance human movements.
Prioritizing performance, robotics startups often defer cost and scalability considerations. Maintaining the cost aspect of SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power, and Cost) poses challenges. To meet evolving requirements, selecting the right motor solution becomes crucial.
In this session, three critical questions will be addressed to help engineers select the optimal motor design and size for their robots:
1) What are the challenges associated with developing humanoids and exoskeletons for mobile applications?
2) How does choosing the right motion solutions address these challenges, especially when scaling to commercialization while maintaining cost viability?
3) How do I specify the proper permanent magnet motor to improve efficiency and operating time?
Over the last five years, the robotics industry has witnessed the rise and fall of autonomous vehicles as a category. At the same time, we’ve seen the emergence of a new category known as “vertical robotics,” where companies focus on industry-specific vertical use cases. Early successes have centered around logistics, defense and security, and medicine. The autonomous vehicles category yielded a better understanding of how to build successful robotics companies, and educated a new generation of experienced entrepreneurs and operators in the robotics space.
Aggarwal will discuss what to expect in the robotics industry in the coming five years, how it will continue to expand, with an increasing focus on vertical use cases, particularly in emerging fields like agriculture, construction, mining, food, and lab and pharma. In addition, Sanjay will discuss how the hurdles facing the autonomous vehicle industry and how M&A activity from incumbent OEMs will be a key indicator of success for vertical robotics.
Building robots to operate in unstructured, off-road environments presents challenges that differ from those facing indoor mobile robots and autonomous on-road vehicles. Off-road robots must be rugged enough to stand up to both their outdoor environments and the unique tasks they are executing.
Sensors must work in all possible operating conditions. Software processing must be tailored to the task at hand. And off-road applications – like cutting thick grass, harvesting, or bulldozing – can be incredibly power intensive, which generally forces power savings in all other possible areas.
Using lessons learned from developing and deploying Scythe’s M.52 all-electric, fully autonomous commercial lawn mower, this talk will share the critical ways that unstructured environments influence hardware, perception, and software design decisions for off-road robots.