How to Choose a 3D Vision Technology

I am pleased to announce that my talk about how Carnegie Robotics selects 3D Vision technologies for our custom system developments is now public.  This presentation was given at the 2017 Embedded Vision Summit in May and included a great question and answer period after my remarks.

In the talk, I discuss the technology within LIDARs, ToF Camera, as well as Stereo Cameras.  General advantages and disadvantages of each of these sensor modalities are also outlined.  The presentation includes some qualitative results from these industrial 3D sensors as well as a sample of quantitative sensor testing we've done here at Carnegie Robotics.

We've found that there is no perfect sensor for all applications.  System integrators must consider the operating environment, the platform, and (most importantly) the nature of the perception task when selecting a 3D sensor.

We here at Carnegie Robotics build Stereo Cameras, but use all of these different modalities in the custom development projects we work on.  If you have needs in developing or integrating any of these 3D perception systems, please get in contact with us.

Valkyrie footstep planning with MultiSense SL

Valkyrie robot autonomously crossing stepping stones! 

Valkyrie hardware is designed and built by NASA Johnson Space Center and control algorithms are by IHMC Robotics (http://robot.ihmc.us). Point cloud gathered from MultiSense SL LIDAR sensor is then processed to find planar regions in the world. Simple footstep planner plans footsteps on the planar regions, to a goal location specified by the operator. Funding provided by National Robotics Initiative, through NASA Project #NNX12AP97G.

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics Announce Duro

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics Announce Duro

Swift Navigation, a San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology to power a world of autonomous vehicles, in conjunction with Carnegie Robotics LLC (CRL), the industry leader in reliable robotic components and systems, today announced their first joint product, Duro™, a ruggedized version of Swift Navigation's flagship Piksi™ Multi dual-frequency RTK GNSS receiver.

Built for outdoor operations, Duro combines a rugged enclosure with centimeter-accurate positioning at a breakthrough price. Leveraging design principles typically used in military hardware, the GNSS sensor is protected against weather, moisture, vibration, dust, water immersion and unexpected circumstances that can occur in outdoor long-term deployments. In addition to its ruggedness, Duro is easy-to-deploy and is ready to connect right out of the box. Primary industries for this product include: Robotics, Precision Agriculture, Mapping, Military, Outdoor Industrial and Maritime.

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Innovation award goes to the first fully autonomous floor scrubber from Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics

Nilfisk Liberty A50 being demonstrated at the London Cleaning Show

Nilfisk Liberty A50 being demonstrated at the London Cleaning Show

At the London Cleaning Show, the innovation award in the floor cleaning category went to the Nilfisk Liberty A50. The first fully autonomous floor scrubber from Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics – and the first launch in The Horizon Program from Nilfisk, a strategic and long-term innovation program.

The A50 combines key features as CopyCat mode, Safety enabling vision and Fill in Mode and will be launched in a limited number during the first half of 2017.  

According to the jury, the Liberty was given the award because "innovation is at the heart of the solution".   Carnegie Robotics is proud that our partnership with Nilfisk as resulted in such a well received and regarded product.  Our perception, planning, and autonomy hardware and software brings the A50 to life.

Find out more about the award, the Liberty A50, and Nilfisk's Horizon Program.

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics Announce Partnership to Bring High-Precision GNSS and Inertial Technology to Robotics and Autonomous Driving

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics Announce Partnership to Bring High-Precision GNSS and Inertial Technology to Robotics and Autonomous Driving

Swift Navigation, a San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology to power a world of autonomous vehicles, is teaming up with Carnegie Robotics LLC (CRL), the industry leader in reliable robotic components and systems. This technology-focused alliance will yield a line of navigation products for autonomous vehicles, outdoor robotics and machine control, the first of which will be announced on May 8, 2017 at the AUVSI Xponential 2017 event in Dallas, TX.

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Dr. David LaRose rejoins Carnegie Robotics as Chief Scientist

David LaRose has over 25 years of experience in robotics and computer vision. In addition to his current work at CRL, he has successfully commercialized technologies in the biomedical, environmental, military, energy, and agricultural markets. His inventions have been used in hundreds of operating rooms worldwide during fluoroscopic and orthopedic procedures, in biotech labs for computer-vision-based drug discovery, in active coal mines to predict conveyor belt failures, and in self-driving cars as part of the world’s first commercially deployed autonomous transportation services fleet. Prior to co-founding Carnegie Robotics, Dr. LaRose worked at Carnegie Mellon University, where his research led to the successful commercialization of systems ranging from an automated seedling inspection system for use in commercial farming to an award-winning robotic hydroblasting system that safely removes toxic paint from the hulls of large ships using high-pressure water.

Dr. LaRose holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He holds nine US patents for inventions currently in use in the medical devices, biotech, and automotive industries, and has a strong track record of delivering working systems based on cutting-edge technology.

Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics to Preview Industry-Changing Advance Liberty A50 Autonomous Scrubber/Dryer at ISSA 2016

Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics to Preview Industry-Changing Advance Liberty A50 Autonomous Scrubber/Dryer at ISSA 2016

Advance, the brand known and trusted to introduce productivity-enhancing innovations in the commercial cleaning market, proudly introduces the Advance Liberty A50 Autonomous Scrubber. The Advance Liberty A50, designed in partnership between Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics, LLC, a leading provider of advanced robotics sensors and software, is specifically designed to leverage today’s most advanced autonomous technologies to make commercial floor care in such settings as retail, hospitality, education, healthcare, and more, more productive, safer and easier than ever. 

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