Control & Simulation Software Enables Intelligent Robots

Reiterating again that software is the heart and ‘soul’ of artificial intelligence (AI), the equally largest part of AI is robotics. The two go together like orange and chocolate. Energid knows this quite well as exemplified in its Actin control and simulation software for robotic design, control, and programming.


Recently at Westec, NEXCOM and Universal Robots showcased NexROBO, described by its makers as a high-end robot controller with an array of advanced features and controlled by Energid’s Actin software. The application software, according to its author and users, helps robot developers to quickly and cost effectively develop and bring cutting-edge robotic technology to market. NexROBO will also be making an appearance with demonstrations at the RoboBusiness tradeshow running from September 27 through the 28 in Santa Clara, CA. Additionally, Universal Robots will showcase Actin-enabled collaborative robots (cobots) actively avoiding collisions while performing an adaptive pick and place task.

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The Actin toolkit enables the creation of various types of robots with human-like movement and skills. It provides the ability to coordinate the motion of as many as hundreds of axes in real-time, yielding robots that can do complex tasks requiring dexterous manipulation that are not easily supported by traditional control software.


Actin’s control software, coupled with machine vision, enables robots to dynamically avoid collisions with humans and other objects. It supports visual servoing, enabling accurate vision-based manipulation of objects in changing environments.  Visual servoing is also commonly known as vision-based robot control and abbreviated VS. It is described as a technique that uses feedback information from a vision sensor, a.k.a., visual feedback, to control the motion of a robot. An early mention of visual servoing appears in a technical paper from SRI International Labs in 1979. For more information, contact Energid Technologies.


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