Platform products may always be more viable than simple functional products, and there has been a view that “application companies are one billion orders of magnitude, and platform companies are worth tens of billions of magnitude”. Apple, Google, Amazon and other famous high technology companies want to rule the AI platform, platform has become an irresistible economic trend. From capital to industry, from large enterprises to new companies, there are more and more enterprises in platfrom, platform strategy and construction platform ecology circle. And self balancing transporter originator Segway is also such an ambitious, cooperation with Intel. Segway Robotics Loomo, want to be the robotics innovation platform, just like the android system in mobile phone.
Segway was established in 1999. It is the originator of the self balancing transporter. It has a large number of patents. It is the best seller of self balancing scooter in the market. And when it was acquired in 2015 by Xiaomi ecological enterprise Ninebot, Segway has therefore received the support of the Xiaomi supply chain.
So many people want to do the robot , but seldom has the ability to make robot in the supply chain management, even have the ability to start a robot is a very time-consuming thing from scratch, and the beginning no economies of scale, the cost will be high. As a result, Segway hopes to create a universal robot platform for the people with ideas and modifications to help developers shorten the time and cost of robot research and development.
Mr. Puli, vice president of Segway, said the components used by Segway Robot Loomo, were sold in millions of orders. “These components have been extensively used in other consumer electronic products, so Loomo has a complete supply chain behind it and will enjoy the cost reduction caused by the scale effect.”.
How can Loomo do
Ultimately, Loomo will walk, see, record the road, speak and make expression for developers. The third party developers can use software and hardware SDK which provided by the Segway, design specific applications for these robots. For example, retirement, developers get this machine, you can give it increased communication skills with the elderly, if attached to these capabilities, it can complete the application under this scenario. “Pu Li said so. He believes that an ideal robot should be like a mobile phone, which can be equipped with different APP, in different scenarios to achieve different functions and services.
In appearance, the Loomo essentially adds a screen to the original self balancing scooter’s roof to display information and robot expression;
The configuration, Loomo collocation of Intel Atom 4 core processor, using RealSense HD camera, 4+1 depth camera, microphone array, ultrasonic sensor, and a sound for the installation of related tools hardware expansion slot.
Software, using Android based operating system, running cooperation with Nuance voice technology,
Functionally, the software development kit (SDK) and hardware extensions slot developed by Segway, Loomo have 6 capabilities: vision, self navigation, voice, connection, interaction and hardware expansion.
Since it want to build a universal robot development platform, then the choice of hardware is not arbitrary. “At present, artificial intelligence has made important progress in the image processing and recognition, so we added a depth camera; Natural Language Processing technology has made great progress, so with microphone array; and natural language interaction need input output are needed, so they added a sound; in order to make a mobile, indoor and outdoor can use the robot, so we use the balance of the car chassis, and the ultrasonic sensor for RealSense optical ranging scheme in outdoor light deficiency conditions. ” Said by Mr.Puli.
Great Future Cooperation Applications
It is understood that, Segway has received from Facebook, Amazon, Google, MIT, eBay and other companies more than 2000 developers applications.
Through the development of Loomo, the new robot function is very efficient. For example, the parking assist application developed by BMW , “From November last year and the BMW CTO Developer Program signed the agreement, BMW spent a total of 23 days to complete the second development of parking assistant robot APP; and received from the developer version of Loomo, the robot path adorable to work on CES, a total of only 35 days. These two numbers can well prove that the Loomo developer version, along with the associated SDK, can greatly accelerate the speed of robot application development and reduce the threshold for robot development. “BMW said it would take years to start from scratch if it wasn’t for that platform.
Cooperation with Intel, Segway gives another Application: Loomo Go, a delivery robot. This Loomo Go delivery robot based on visual and radio assisted navigation can achieve centimeter level positioning accuracy in both indoor and outdoor, can achieve seamless indoor distribution in the environment of no action, according to Segway Robotics, similar to the visual navigation technology can be found in the automatic driving cars, Google Tango and AR mobile phone was advanced analysts predict iPhone8.
Institutions and individual developers can apply through the Segway Robotics official website to submit, after screening, will be invited to join, buy robot Loomo developer version of the qualification, then can use the vision, autonomous navigation, voice, connection, interaction and expansibility of hardware 6 ability, explore the scene of service to meet individual needs.