ROBART’S NAVIGATION TECHNOLOGY POWERS NEXT GENERATION OF ROBOTS

Robart is demonstrating its robot artificial intelligence at IFA

Austrian company Robart provides AI for robot manufacturers around the world.

“Our customers are brands who make robots,” Michael Schahpar, CMO and managing director of Robart, says. “We’re a systems provider for clients who make robotic products; we provide the artificial intelligence.” At IFA there are four brands of domestic robotic floor cleaners powered by Robart navigation technology.

And delegates can see it in action at Robart’s IFA stand, where a robot vacuum cleaner powered by the technology engages intelligent algorithms to create a map as it moves around the Robart “house”. The map then shows up on the user’s smartphone or tablet, which is then used to give the robot instructions.

“You can name the rooms on the map, and you can mark out areas where the robot is not allowed to go,” Schahpar said. “So if a child’s room is covered with toys, for example, you can tell the robot not to go in there – and it won’t, even if the door’s open.”

Once the room is tidied, the user can lift the ban and the robot will go in.

In another scenario, after dinner, there are breadcrumbs on the floor. The user selects the dining area on the plan and presses “clean“. The robot moves directly to the area, does its task and returns to its docking station when finished.

If different rooms in the house have different types of flooring, the user can indicate this via the mobile device and the robot will change the cleaning mode.

And users can interact directly with the robot, for example asking it when a certain room was last cleaned and how long it will take to do it again the next time.

Robart’s navigation technology comprises the navigation sensor, mainboard, software and app connectivity. Robots can perceive the environment, reinterpret it and adapt to changes. This enables the robot to operate very efficiently.

Robart was established in 2009 in Linz, Austria, and has sales subsidiaries in China, Germany and the US. With 70 patents granted or applied for, it is currently carrying out R&D for the next generation of robots.

The company works outside the domestic market too, providing the AI for industrial-scale robotic cleaners, as used in supermarkets, warehouses and other industrial applications.

Schahpar says that while the market for domestic robots doesn’t really exist outside floor cleaning, other household chores will be carried out by robots in the future. Meanwhile, the market for robotic floor cleaners is “moving fast. Research shows that the two most disliked household tasks are ironing then vacuuming,” he said. “So this business can only grow”.

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