World First Adaptive Robot Uses AI Vision

Flexiv Ltd. has ushered in a new generation of industrial robot with the launch of its new Rizon robot. Rizon is the world’s first adaptive robot combining direct force control with advanced AI, paving the way for greater performance and broader scope of robotic tasks across multiple industries.

The adaptive robot has three distinctive traits that differentiate it from previous robots – great tolerance in position variance, high disturbance rejection and the intelligent transferability for quick redeployment between similar product lines or tasks. Flexiv integrates force control robotics with advanced AI to enable sophisticated perception, force-guided manipulation and flexible task planning with real-time adaptiveness that allows the robotic arm to work effectively in uncertain environments.

Flexiv Rizon achieves the new level of adaptivity by custom joint design, self-developed control electronics, proprietary force sensing technology and hierarchical intelligence system. It also has industrial grade safety features ensured by the hardware architect and torque-based control framework for intrinsically safe interaction in uncertain environments.

Offering unprecedented levels of adaptivity in robot design, Rizon can be programmed to perform a wide range of industrial tasks. These include polishing, parts assembling, precision insertion, force-based quality testing, etc. “Our robots are developed to have advanced manipulation skills to handle complex tasks in uncertain environments, which helps to provide flexible automation solutions for wider range of tasks in different industries,” says Shiquan Wang, co-founder and CEO of Flexiv.

Using AI-based computer vision with depth camera, Rizon senses and recognizes objects even in complex environments, then generates its own motion and task plans. The integrated AI learning system enables the robot to not just learn individual tasks but actually combine them to perform more complex ones. It also drastically shortens setup and programming time.

Conventional robots are position-controlled, programmed to move from point A to point B but with no ability to limit the force they use to get there, requiring strict safety controls. The next generation robot, dubbed the “collaborative robot”, introduced force detection, leading us to a new era of human-robot collaboration. However, it is the third generation, adaptive robot, marked by forced control and advanced AI, that Flexiv seeks to dominate with a robotic arm that is more flexible, adaptive and intelligent across a broader task set than competing arms, and which expands the market for where and how robots are used in industrial applications.

About Flexiv
Flexiv Ltd. is a robotics and AI company, focusing on developing and manufacturing adaptive robots which integrate force control, computer vision and AI technologies. Flexiv provides innovative turnkey solutions and services based on Flexiv robotic systems to customers in multiple industries. The company was founded in 2016, with a core founding team comprised of PhDs from robotics and AI laboratories at Stanford University. Flexiv is backed by top tier VCs and has concluded a total funding of more than $22 million.

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