May 19, 2022
Immervision, which develops advanced vision systems that combine optics, image processing and sensor fusion technology, has announced it was chosen by Halodi Robotics to provide their next-generation vision system for Halodi’s service robot platform, which can handle both human and computer vision.
In order for robots to intelligently and accurately perform tasks, they often require mobility and the aptitude to explore, understand and function within various environments, said Immervision. In order for a robot to work autonomously, or problem-solve with human assistance, it needs sensor data to understand the human world and the ability to process the data and respond in a timely manner.
For certain applications, a robot needs to combine both humans and machine vision capabilities, Immerverison said. While performing independent tasks machine vision suffices, but when functioning in partnership with a human operator, human vision capabilities are needed, which is why a next-generation vision system is needed.
“Robots have incredible potential to expand human capabilities and performance in the real world,” said Nicholas Nadeau, CTO of Halodi Robotics. “Immervision is able to help our EVE service robots create even greater value, by allowing human operators, via virtual reality headset, to respond with human intuition capabilities to the anomalies that may arise as robots interact with their dynamic environment.”
Immervision’s next-generation vision system enables machines with both visual systems, for multiple sensors and wiring, the company said. Robots can now navigate within hospitals or dangerous workplaces, and the vision system can be customized to the environment and specific tasks. The vision system will enable Halodi’s robots to better perceive their environment, collect better quality vision data for artificial intelligence / machine learning pipelines, as well as provide an immersive VR experience to a robot operator.
“Halodi Robotics approached us when searching for a fast, responsive, and immersive visual system capable of delivering wide-angle visual data simultaneously to both machine and humans,” said Patrice Roulet Fontani, vice president of technology at Immervision. “Increased responsive speed starts with a high-quality wide-angle lens and with our patented technology and AI algorithms, we are the natural choice to optimize the performance and situational awareness across Halodi Robotics entire vision pipeline.”
Immervision has been adding vision to machines for more than 20 years, and are deployed in automotive, drones and consumer device markets, to ensure whether a robot is picking up an object or performing a specific task, that the hand-eye coordination is optimized. The company’s dewarping algorithm enhances its dual next-generation vision solutions, ensuring correct proportions are maintained for the entire image and real-time video for both human and machine vision.
Halodi Robotics said it has multiple enterprise customer pilot programs in Europe and the U.S., within security, retail and logistics applications. Further deployments are expected for later this year, the company added.