Elephant Robotics (大象机器人), a Shenzhen-headquartered desktop cobot developer, has rolled out a suite of new products, aimed at improving its market competitiveness and delivering a better user experience.
The startup announced major updates to its flagship model myCobot 280, a product that is applied primarily for educational purposes.
As part of the overhaul, the company adjusted the material, structure and components of the device, optimized its joints, elevated its position repeatability to ±0.5mm.
Its life cycle also doubled, together with other “substantial” improvements in reliability, accuracy and durability, said Elephant Robotics.
In a corporate statement, Elephant said the device, mounted on desktop for STEM-related research, also has become “much better” at withstanding shocks and damages as a result of the upgrades.
The startup indicated earlier that myCobot was the world’s smallest robotic arm.
Previously, myCobot 280 was available in four versions. The series has a minimum weight of 860g, a payload of 250g and an arm length of 280mm.
Despite its small size, myCobot is versatile enough to meet user needs, on the back to its hardware-software interactions and multiple APIs that support further development, Elephant Robotics claims.
Desktop robots have emerged as a fast-growing category in the overall cobot industry over the past few years. Traditional industrial robot, built at a high cost for large-scale factory operation, is not suited to classroom applications, especially desktop research.
Driven by market needs, a host of desktop cobot developers have sprung up, including Elephant Robotics.
Apart from announcing upgrades to existing myCobot series, Elephant also rolled out myCobot320/350, a new member in its extended family of robotic arms.
myCobot320/350 is a model that comes with an open-source platform enabling the users to program themselves. It is available in two editions.
To satisfy user needs, myCobot 320/350 expanded its arm length from 320mm to 350mm. It boasts a payload of 1kg and a position repeatability of ±0.5mm, featuring ease of use, safety and cost efficiency.
To date, Elephant has sold upwards of 20,000 myCobot units to over 50 countries. Clients include educators, science researchers, lab technicians, research divisions of public companies and an army of tech buffs looking to apply automation equipment in real life.
In addition to the launch of myCobot 350/380, Elephant also joined hands with Horizon Robotics (地平线机器人), an intelligent chipmaker, to jointly release AI-empowered variants of its six-axis mechArm robot and myCobot series.
These product lines will integrate with the technologies of Horizon Robotics to build a specialized robotic arm solution meant for the education industry, according to a press release.
Elephant also announced it will install 3D cameras across the full spectrum of its products, in a bid to build 3D-based cutting-edge solutions together with ecosystem partners.
The startup’s product matrix also consists of automated guided vehicles (AGV). Together they are adopted in various educational scenarios such as digital economy, smart agriculture, ChatGPT-controlled robot and creativity competitions.
The new products are available from the online store of Elephant Robotics.