Cobot leader JAKA debuts 2.5D visual positioning, other tech at Shanghai fair

When JAKA's cobots are mounted on AGVs, this combination realizes functions such as simultaneous localization and mapping and autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance.

JAKA (节卡机器人), a leader in China’s cobot market, introduced what it said is its self-developed innovative 2.5D visual positioning technology yesterday at the 23rd China International Industry Fair in Shanghai.

The technology enables assembling of tiny parts like axis through holes with a clearance of less than 0.2mm — one of the most advanced innovations by a Chinese commpany.

Leveraging force feedback and control algorithms, JAKA’s cobot arm can guide itself to apply just the right amount of force to fit pieces together, after detecting the hole is too small for the axis to get through.

This design has allowed JAKA to enhance the position repeatability of its cobots to ±0.05mm.

As a result, JAKA cobots are capable of performing tasks in an array of scenarios, such as material handling near a CNC machine and inspection of high-voltage switchgear.

On top of its 2.5D visual sensing technique, JAKA also showcased other exhibits at the fair, including a cobot arm that can imitate the plugging and unplugging of an EV charger.

Based on images captured by 3D cameras and a rotating mechanism that adjusts the angle of a mobile charging port, JAKA’s robot can automate the EV charging process, delivering a hassle-free and hands-off experience for EV drivers.

Smart agriculture

Aside from its cutting-edge robotic innovations, JAKA also has put its over-the-air (OTA) smart service platform on display, where users are able to monitor the real-time status and power consumption of their robots.

Besides, such a cloud-based platform also assists with the “health” management of the robot fleet. This has the added benefit of visualizing carbon emissions reductions achieved.

When JAKA’s cobots are mounted on AGVs, this combination realizes functions such as simultaneous localization and mapping and autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance.

This match has found good use in agriculture. In the case of hosing an orchard or garden, JAKA cobots plan the trail of motion and figure out how high and far water jets need to get, thereby determining the number of sprays required in a given area of operation.

When robots are put on wheels, they can also be programmed to pick fruit and vegetable, spray pesticide, among other use cases, as part of the endeavor to promote a smart, modern and high-quality agriculture.

Visitors to JAKA’s booth at the industry fair are able to experience close to 30 applications of its products, occasionally via VR and livestreaming, to learn about the company’s latest strides.

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Ni Tao

Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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