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CES 2017: Intelligent Vision System for Companion Robots

  • Published: 2017-01-06 (Revised/Updated 2018-05-02) : *Press Release by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) : Contact: www.itri.org/eng
  • Synopsis: ITRI announces introduction and demonstration of Intelligent Vision System for Companion Robots at CES 2017 booth #2015.

Quote: "ITRI's Intelligent Vision System has many potential applications for companion robots that can assist seniors, families and individuals, and continually learn to better perform at its tasks..."

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The Intelligent Vision System robot can play chess, pour coffee, and learn experientially. The system enables robots and other machines to interpret the visual world, act on visual information, change their behavior and perform tasks based on random events and requirements.

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan's largest and one of the world's leading high-tech applied research institutions, today announced it will introduce and demonstrate its Intelligent Vision System for Companion Robots at CES 2017. ITRI invites potential partners and attendees to booth #2015, Tech East, Westgate, to play chess and have coffee with a robot commanded by ITRI's Intelligent Vision System. A video demo of the Intelligent Vision System is available below.

ITRI's Intelligent Vision System enables robots and other machines to interpret the visual world, act on visual information, and learn from experience. The Intelligent Vision System can be applied to consumer and industrial requirements. In a companion robot application, a robot equipped with ITRI's Intelligent Vision System could perform household tasks such as setting and clearing a table, and assisting seniors or disabled people with drink refills and meal preparation, while continually improving its performance based on experience. In an industrial setting, a robot equipped with ITRI's Intelligent Vision System could change its behavior without prior notification based on which assemblies are currently running on an assembly line, greatly reducing the time required to change assemblies.

A December 2016 IDC report, "IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions," includes the following predictions for worldwide robotics: By 2018, 30 percent of all new robotic deployments will be smart collaborative robots that operate three times faster than today's robots and are safe for work around humans. And, 45 percent of the 200 leading global ecommerce and omni-channel commerce companies will deploy robotics systems in their order fulfillment warehousing and delivery operations. By 2019, 35 percent of leading organizations in logistics, health, utilities, and resources will explore the use of robots to automate operations. By 2020, 40 percent of commercial robots will become connected to a mesh of shared intelligence, resulting in 200 percent improvement in overall robotic operational efficiency.

ITRI's Intelligent Vision System delivers the following technology breakthroughs:

"ITRI's Intelligent Vision System has many potential applications for companion robots that can assist seniors, families and individuals, and continually learn to better perform at its tasks," said Dr. Ming-Jer Kao, deputy general director of ITRI's Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories. "We are looking forward to demonstrating at CES 2017 a robotic technology that reflects the important trends and addresses critical needs in consumer and industrial markets."

Video Clip: Intelligent Vision System for Companion Robots Demonstration

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YouTube Video Clip - ITRI's Intelligent Vision System enables a companion robot to play chess at CES 2017 - Intelligent Vision System for Companion Robots Demonstration Video.

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

ITRI is one of the world's leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. Over the years, ITRI has cultivated more than 140 CEOs and incubated over 240 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.itri.org/eng

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