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Rubedos Introduces 3D Visual Perception System For Robot Applications

  • By Jason Stockwell

Lithuanian based company Rubedos tells MVPro Magazine about its new VIPER system which equips robots with eyes and a brain.

Addressing the technological needs for next generation industry and service robots, Rubedos has launched its new 3D visual perception system VIPER.

Powerful and lightweight, the bolt-on and easy to integrate VIPER system enables intelligent automation with a turnkey set of hardware and embedded computing. It can be applied to a wide range of use cases to equip industrial and service robotics with visual perception. Its stereo vision system with two 3.4 MP low light cameras continuously measures environment depth in 3D with a depth frame rate up to 40 fps over range distances up to 50 meters.

“ the VIPER system is particularly suitable for smaller robotic systems

All object detection and classification tasks are performed on-board in an embedded NVIDIA Jetson TX2 computing unit using algorithms specifically designed by Rubedos. By this, VIPER offloads low- and high-level image processing to the on-board processor, reserving the robot’s main computing resources for robot navigation.

“In the smart factories of the near future intelligent robots will leave their safety cages. However, the lack of visual perception still is the sandbag of intelligent automation as this next generation robots depends on the ability to acquire, organize, and interpret surrounding visual data”, said Rubedos Co-Founder Linas Vaitulevičius. “Our VIPER system achieves this by continuous measuring environment depth in 3D and industry specific object detection and classification.”

Compact And Lightweight System

With its low energy consumption, a compact design of 246 x 98 x 35 mm and a light weight of 0.8 kg the VIPER system is particularly suitable for smaller robotic systems. It is autocalibrated,IP65 ingress protected and physically connected to the robot with standard ¼” – 20 UNC, M4 mounting. Communication is supported via Ethernet at 1 Gb/s.

Perception Apps

Rubedos designed the VIPER system extensible with a set of ‘perception apps’. These application level software modules address standard factory floor tasks such as obstacle detection, a follow-me function, a safety volume guard to detect trespassing attempts, an object identification tool; and 3D vision based simultaneous localization and mapping.

“On top of that, we stand by to develop perception apps adapted to tailor-made applications“, added Linas Vaitulevičius. “Overall, the new VIPER system provides high-density, low power, long-range optical depth sense as well as visual perception in an on-board package. All these features make VIPER a true value proposition for integrators and vision guided system manufacturers.”

Since 2014 Lithuania-based Rubedos has focused its R&D on development of 3D visual perception systems for robotics. Prior to that, the company has successfully developed a robotic tumor targeting solution for an image guided radiation therapy that passed the high hurdles of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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