Futuristic Era of Robotic Software and Commodity Hardware

Futuristic Era of Robotic Software and Commodity Hardware

by Dan

In the past, I was content with RAZR phones and Palm Pilots, and now I live with a Roomba and Google Home in my house. The widespread integration of machine learning in our daily lives should be expected as the price of robotics hardware decreases, while the capability of robotics software increases. The prevalence of this technology demonstrates robotics’ divergence from its exclusive military and industrial history and how it’s now considered valuable for commodity hardware.

The Commoditization of Robot Hardware

As commodity hardware becomes more capable, robotics systems can take advantage of commodity hardware. Commodity hardware refers to low-cost devices that are widely available and compatible. Commodity hardware paired with sophisticated robotics systems offers more flexibility in its use.

Tomahawk’s Mimic controller takes advantage of these changes. Our hand-held controller is an example of UAS/UGB/UxV control solutions. Mimic provides precision and speed and it can communicate with other systems without sacrificing use-case flexibility, all while adhering to ROS standards.

As complex software continues to work in conjuncture with commodity hardware, such as machine learning on portable devices, we will continue to see technology integrate with our daily lives. Matching beneficial software with commodity hardware can aid us in our careers and daily activities.  

Increasingly Affordable Hardware

According to Waymo CEO John Krafcik, the price for perception sensors, such as Lidar, that allow robotics to assess its surroundings have fallen over 90%. Similarly, Business Communications Company analysts predict the demand for robotic sensors will reach $840 million by 2022. Pricing will become more competitive for robotic hardware and robot computing will include more affordable industrial-grade components. The goal is to make this technology accessible to wider markets.

Our technology Mimic follows this philosophy as we integrate increasingly affordable hardware. More companies can utilize this advanced robotic controller technology because of its flexibility and ability to meet the needs of diverse industries. Mimic is also compatible with other systems, especially Kinesis Enterprise and Kinesis Mobile. Mimic is a prime example of the power offered by sophisticated software on commodity hardware.

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