CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Energid Technologies has signed a licensing agreement with Thalmic Labs, the maker of the Myo gesture control armband, to support new and intuitive ways to program and control collaborative robots.
Collaborative robots, those that can work side by side with humans, are contributing in the workplace and will soon arrive at the home. Energid's software framework, Actin, has been designed to support the needs of this new generation of robots by making interaction simple, safe, and natural.
By combining years of robotic control experience with the latest in wearable technology, Energid and Thalmic make it easy to manage robot complexity. In the past, robot control and programming was often left to engineers and scientists. Energid's Actin is changing this with graphical programming, and the Myo armband makes interaction even easier with motion and gesture-based control.
"Energid has been testing the Myo armband with robot control strategies for six months," said Ryan Penning, Senior Robotics Engineer at Energid. "The hard work has paid off, and we are excited by the possibilities."
The armbands will initially be offered as an add-on to the Cyton line of humanoid robot arms sold through Energid's wholly-owned subsidiary, Robai.
"The Myo/Actin combination allows the robot to be controlled by mere gestures," said James English, CTO at Energid. "Programs that took hours are now possible in minutes."
The Myo armband, along with the Actin gesture plugin, are available for pre-order from Robai for the Cyton line of robots. Energid's Actin software with the Myo interface is also available to license for use with other robots.
"We are pleased to be working with Thalmic and offering their unique product to our customers," said Neil Tardella, CEO at Energid. "This is an important step in enabling the next generation of robotics."