Collaborative Robot Integrates Smart 3D Vision

At the recent CES 2020 expo the Industrial Technology Research Institute from Taiwan, one of the world’s leading high-tech applied research institutions introduced the RGB-D AI Robot which it claims to be the first collaborative robot that integrates smart 3D vision as a built-in standard.

The RGB-D AI Robot uses an innovative anti-deformation processing technique that prevents tilted laser projection from optical components. This reduces the size of the projector components by three quarters and the cost by fifty percent. The technology automatically recognizes reflection on workpieces, dynamically learns decoding parameters, and ensures the completeness of point cloud sensing. 3D errors can thus be minimized, which prevents failure in the production line caused by reflection.

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 smart automation in the manufacturing industries.

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. 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.