Qualcomm aims to 'transform the robotics industry' by launching its first platform for robots

By Laura Mullan
Qualcomm Technologies has launched a new robotics platform which aims to “transform the robotics industry”, according to the firm. The Qualcomm Rob...

Qualcomm Technologies has launched a new robotics platform which aims to “transform the robotics industry”, according to the firm.

The Qualcomm Robotics RB3 Platform will be the company's first integrated platform designed specifically for robots.

The new platform features hardware, software and other tools designed to help create the next generation of robots.

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“Our technologies are at the heart of a wide array of robotics products available today, from companion robots including Anki Vector, Elli Q and Sony Aibo, to multimedia robots like Cerevo Tripon and Keecker, to labour-saving machines such as robotic vacuum cleaners from iRobot, Ecovacs and Panasonic,” said Dev Singh, director of business development and head of autonomous robotics, drones and intelligent machines at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“With the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 Platform, we aim to bring our cutting-edge AI, edge compute and connectivity technologies into the hands of many more robotics innovators to help spur the fast development and commercialization of a new generation of useful and intelligent robots in agriculture, consumer, delivery, inspection, service, smart manufacturing/Industry 4.0, warehousing and logistics, and other applications.”

At the centre of the platform is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip which supports 4G/LTE connectivity.

It also includes the company's AI Engine for on-device machine learning and computer vision, hi-fidelity sensor processing technology for perception, odometry for localisation, mapping and navigation, and also Wi-Fi connectivity.

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