The Industrial Engineering Association of Catalonia (Col·legi d’Enginyers) has recognized PAL Robotics’ TIAGo with the Award to the Best Project of the year at the II Nit de la Robòtica celebration. The “Night of Robotics” annual meeting gathers together all the main actors of the Barcelona and Catalonia robotics sector. PAL Robotics is recognized for the contribution in humanoid robotics and for the development of the mobile manipulator TIAGo, a collaborative robot with applications in domestic and industrial environments.
PAL Robotics CEO, Francesco Ferro, receives the Award to the Best Project of the year at II Nit de la Robòtica
TIAGo integrates the cutting-edge technology of the team in complex robots in a platform that is flexible and easy to customize. Its modularity makes TIAGo suitable for any research in AAL and Industry 4.0 fields. TIAGo has evolved capabilities on manipulation, navigation, perception and interaction, and is 100% ROS based.
It is a great honor for PAL Robotics’ team to be recognized with such award and would like to thank the Col·legi d’Enginyers for that.
PAL Robotics is launching a new humanoid robot: TALOS, a collaborative robot for industrial complex tasks. TALOS will be an advanced electrical high-performance humanoid robot due to the cutting-edge technology integrated. Stay tuned, TALOS will be released soon!
This humanoid robot is conceived for industrial Human-Robot collaboration. TALOS’ goal is to assist workers in factory assembly lines with physically demanding tasks that need high accuracy, and which are performed in hostile or uncomfortable industrial settings.
TALOS Robot by PAL Robotics.
This new humanoid robot was born from a tender granted by the French research lab LAAS-CNRS. The first platform will be delivered to the LAAS-CNRS’ Gepetto team, under the direction of Philippe Souères, PhD. The humanoid will be released in November. The Gepetto team will name it PYRENE.
Want to know a bit about TALOS?
TALOS is a fully electrical human-sized robot
It has sensored torque control in all joints
The platform uses EtherCAT communications
The robot can walk dynamically at a maximum speed of 3Km/h, and is able to navigate through uneven ground. Each arm has a 6Kg payload when fully extended, and it has dexterous and flexible manipulation skills. Therefore it can nimbly handle heavy industrial tools with its customized 3-fingered grippers.
TALOS is 100% ROS capable as all of PAL Robotics’ platforms. PAL Robotics has made a huge effort to integrate the best hardware components and sensors on this humanoid robot.
The tendency of collaborative robots in Industry 4.0
Collaborative robots like TALOS are conceived to take part in industrial activities that are manual, arduous, and require accuracy or strength. TALOS’ mission is to assist in those tasks that are susceptible to damage the worker’s health.
With TALOS, PAL Robotics makes available a flexible and accessible platform to go beyond the limits of Industry 4.0.
Yesterday 29th of September 2016 PAL Robotics received the Business Excellence award for Technology Innovation at the Day of Telecommunications. The award recognizes the enterprise’s trajectory for contributing to the technological expansion. At PAL Robotics we work to make life better through robotics. Our R&D in humanoids is constantly expanding the limits towards the improvement of the robotics technology that we believe one day will make our life easier. Other robots have born from the know-how accumulated along the way, such as TIAGo or StockBot, that solve specific problems of society.
The Excellence award was dedicated to the exceptional team which makes possible the creation of such cutting-edge robots. We would like to sincerely thank GrausTIC for this valuable recognition.
The robotics transformation
At the event, PAL Robotics’ CEO Francesco Ferro participated in a panel discussion that debated on Robotics and how the market is evolving. The highlight was put on how robotics and digitalization are going to change our lives. Some relevant fields where robots can provide a service were stated:
Healthcare with surgical and rehabilitation robots.
Retail with inventory-taking systems, like StockBot.
Education, with multiple applications and platforms.
Domestic environments, with assistant robots that help in daily tasks and even might be able to extend the autonomy of the elderly or disabled people.
This new reality is already opening many ethical and legal challenges that require of an exhaustive discussion.
Industry 4.0 and the need for collaborative robots
The debate stated that the digital transformation is changing how people consume goods. The market is being transformed from mass producing the same product, to answering to every customer’s demand. Classic and static supply chains need to evolve towards flexible and agile processes that are fast and meet the dynamic demand.
This is where collaborative robots can be very useful: platforms that are modular,interactive and easy to use for the operator. Collaborative robots like TIAGo are designed to be safe and share workspace with people at a supply chain, in order to provide daily assistance to the workers. The EU Project Factory in a Day is also focused on solving these new needs.
One long shot in robotics is to make biped humanoids walk in a robust and stable way. If we want robots to help us in our daily life, they have to adapt to a world which fits us, to our world. Walking with two legs, keeping balance and immediately reacting to any obstacle is natural to us, and the places where we live were built according to that. Robots that can walk like humans will be able to gracefully navigate whenever we need them to assist us.
Nowadays the state of art of biped robots still has a long road to get there. That is because biped walk for humanoid robots remains a very complex task. Walking robots with two legs are something that very few platforms are able to do, and the arduousness increases if we talk about human-sized robots. PAL Robotics has been able so far to successfully develop three different models of biped humanoid robots that can walk. The most advanced biped humanoid robot at the moment is REEM-C, a 1.65m tall robot that can dynamically walk at 1 Km/h while keeping the balance.
The EU Project KoroiBot has the goal of improving the humanoid robots’ dynamic walk with “human-inspired mathematical models, optimization and learning”. Yesterday the final workshop of KoroiBot ended in Heidelberg, Germany. PAL Robotics’ CEO Francesco Ferro is one of the advisors of the KoroiBot project and gave a presentation during the workshop. Francesco Ferro shared PAL Robotics’ experience of 12 years developing humanoid biped robots, starting with REEM-A (2004). Since the very beginning, PAL Robotics’ core activity has been the R&D in advanced humanoid biped autonomous systems.
It is important that the robotic community join its efforts and share experiences to make service humanoid robots a reality in our daily life. As an example of the above, REEM-C’s simulation is open-source and available online onits ROS Wiki, making it free for everyone to just download it and start playing with a REEM-C humanoid robot!
Today we had the pleasure to receive OSRF Software Engineer Jackie Kay in PAL Robotics. It has been very interesting to share opinions and knowledge with a ROS developer, since all of our robots are based in ROS. Kay gave an interesting speech on ROS 2.0 to some PAL Robotics’ engineers and interns with an open chat about current state of ROS. We also showed Kay our robotic platforms like TIAGo or REEM-C, and some of the demos PAL Robotics developed with them. Thank you Jackie for your visit!
Talking about ROS 2.0 with Jackie Kay at PAL Robotics
It is remarkable how important it is to have an open common resource such as ROS for all the robotics community. Knowledge can be shared with everyone, which is making robotics grow and evolve faster than ever. As part of the robotics community, PAL Robotics is fully committed to ROS.
Since the early days of ROS, all of our platforms are 100% ROS based in order to ease the learning and usage for our clients. Besides, we have open-source simulations of all of our robots available online. Anyone can download the ROS packages and test things without the need for having the robots physically. PAL Robotics’ software engineers are actively contributing to ROS, here you can find the ROS Wiki of our robots:
Follow the steps at ROS Wiki and start simulating with PAL Robotics’ platforms! And remember: if you do any cool test with them, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet about it to @PALRobotics.
PAL Robotics was at the biggest fair in automation and mechatronics in Europe: Automatica 2016. Automatica 2016 confirmed that the future of the industry has undoubtedly collaborative robots in it, and that Industry 4.0 is a revolution which will provide employees with a robotic assistance at their jobs to improve the safety and quality of their work. This is one of the reasons why professional service robots were highlighted at Automatica 2016.
The collaborative robot TIAGo is prepared for working side by side with humans, as a team. The person will analyze, perform and reflect on the activities that require of human intelligence. To complete the industrial process, the person will control the robot, which will assume all the repetitive, dangerous and heavy tasks. TIAGo demonstrated manipulation, navigation and perception skills through different demos that were open to all Automatica 2016 attendees.
Optimizing stock in retail stores with StockBot
Robotics is not only helpful for the industrial sector: it opens a broader range of possibilities. PAL Robotics also brought StockBot at Automatica 2016, a robot that saves time and efforts while optimizing stock control in retail industry. StockBot combines autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance with RFID technology to take daily inventory in stores. The robot took live inventory in the Service Robots demonstration park, where the results could be tracked in a screen showing a map updated in real time with the spatial location of the products.
Thanks for coming and making a great Automatica 2016!
Automatica 2016 broke all records of participation during this edition. More than 45,000 attendees could discover the latest innovations in automation and industry. PAL Robotics’ team wants to thank everyone who came to visit us at Automatica 2016, and hopes they enjoyed interacting with TIAGo and watching StockBot’s performance.
Automatica 2016, the biggest European fair in automation and industrial production, is about to begin in Munich (Germany). The latest innovations in industrial and service robotics will be gathered in Messe Munchen from the 21st to 24th of June. Automatica is expecting more than 30,000 visitors from all branches of industry that look for the very latest developments to optimize industrial processes and greater efficiency. PAL Robotics is exhibiting at the fair with solutions in manipulation – TIAGo – a mobile manipulator, and the inventory-taking – StockBot – developed in the last year. Find PAL Robotics at Hall B4/Stand 520 & the Service Robots Demo Park!
Robots for the future industry and service sectors
Professional Service Robotics is the highlight of this year´s Automatica edition. Its dedicated exhibition area will be in Hall B4, which has also a Demonstration Park where attendees will be able to directly interact with the robots. StockBot and TIAGo robots have applications that have a direct effect in optimization at both industrial and service levels.
Interact with TIAGo at Automatica 2016 Demo Park
TIAGo is ready to attend Automatica 2016!
The mobile manipulator TIAGo is one example of professional service robotics: a versatile robot designed to be a companion for people in different environments. The platform can be customized easily to make it suitable for domestic and industrial environments. Its 7-DoF arm and the lifting torso provide the “Take It And Go!” robot with a large manipulation workspace. Moreover, autonomous and/or teleoperated navigation is possible thanks to the PMB-2 mobile base, which the torso is built on.
The combination of these abilities opens a wide range of possible tasks that the robot can perform. The Automatica Service Robots Demo Park is an opportunity for visitors to experience TIAGo themselves. PAL Robotics’ mobile manipulator will be open to Automatica attendees, who will be able to control it using a leap-motion camera. A Whole-Body Control will be demonstrated by an application in which TIAGo moves all its body in order to keep pointing at a marker. Pick&place tasks and smart interaction skills will also be performed by this buddy at the Munich fair.
Live inventory-taking by StockBot
StockBot robot will take live inventory at Automatica
An area simulating a department store will be installed at the Service Robots Demo Park, in which StockBot will show its abilities on taking inventory autonomously. Visitors will be able to see the 3-D map that the robot does daily in real time, showing not only a product list, but also every item’s location in store. Autonomous navigation and StockBot’s adaptability to any change of the store will be also demonstrated.
Retail industry can save efforts and time, optimize stock and benefit from big data opportunities – everything at the same time – with StockBot. Employees can forget about such repetitive task and focus on providing a good service to clients. An accurate inventory that is daily updated increases trust in stock reasonably. What’s more, retailers can freely change the store distribution; StockBot will autonomously change its map without having to do a second set-up. Another example of professional service robotics that can transform our reallity to a more comfortable workplace.
Practising is always the best way to learn something. TIAGo made it possible last week at the Automation, Domotics and Robotics Master Program, taught in La Salle University (Barcelona). PAL Robotics software engineer Sammy Pfeiffer has been giving robotics classes there for two weeks together with TIAGo. Students could test what they had learnt on the mobile manipulator, and use TIAGo themselves under Pfeiffer’s supervision.
TIAGo robot at La Salle – Ramon Llull university.
TIAGo robot is 100% ROS and therefore it is very accessible for everyone who has some basic knowledge in this system. The 7-DoF arm and the lifting torso open a big workspace, where TIAGo can work. Its configuration, both in software and hardware, is very simple to manage, in order to ease research on developing complex applications for domestic and industrial environments.
Automation, Domotics and Robotics’ Masters class with PAL Robotics engineer Sammy Pfeiffer and TIAGo robot.
Running since 1988,there is a club in Csorvás, Hungary, for young students with ideas in technology. The Edison Klub gives support to young students to accomplish their ideas and try to make them work. During the process of trying to prototype their ideas or inventions the students at Edison Klub get hands on experience in different disciplines and it helps them to decide on their career choice later. The Edison Klub follows the philosophy of the genius inventor with the same name, who once said: “I didn’t fail, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.
“I didn’t fail, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. Thomas Edison
The Edison Klub and how they handle young talent has gained a reputation in Hungary and encouraged more schools to start similar initiatives. One of PAL Robotics engineers was among the first generation of the Edison Klub, and nowadays he is teaching the Klub from his experience, and supporting such a successful initiative.
Edison Klub at PAL Robotics offices
Last year the Klub won a formative plan for the whole scholar year, subsidized by European Union funds, with the reward of visiting PAL Robotics’ lab. The Edison Klub (a young group between 10 and 17 years old) could visit Barcelona and PAL Robotics offices and discover what we are working on. Humanoid robots REEM-C, REEM, and the mobile manipulator TIAGo also performed live demonstrations for them. They also had the chance to see old and historical platforms, such as REEM-A and REEM-B. It was a pleasure to receive so many young talents and share our passion with them!
Last week the key stakeholders in robotics field worldwide gathered together at Stockholm (Sweden) to attend ICRA 2016. Five intense days with multiple sessions and presentations to disseminate the most advanced research in robotics were coupled by a very interactive exhibition. PAL Robotics’ humanoid REEM-C and mobile manipulator TIAGo were at the venue, available to play with anyone who wanted to.
REEM-C humanoid robot using Whole Body Control software
Humanoid REEM-C loved going for walks all around the ICRA 2016 exhibition area, mixing up with conference delegates and visiting robotic colleagues from other stands. The demo which attracted most attention was a Whole Body Control software used by REEM-C to accomplish one goal with its whole humanoid body – in this case, the goal was to point at a marker with its index finger. This specific demo was developed for the socSMCs EU FET project.
Attendees could try themselves to smoothly move TIAGo’s arm in gravity compensation mode, or feel its strength by handshaking. The mobile manipulator was also guided through the venue by pulling its arm, and used the PAL Robotics’ Whole Body Control software to track a marker and keep pointing at it while avoiding its joint limits. TIAGo is suitable for research in both Ambient Assisted living and industry 4.0 environments, and ICRA 2016 demos showed different possibilities the robot opens.
Modular robotics solutions for the industry of the future
Business Manager Carlos Vivas introducing Factory in a Day at ICRA Industry Forum
ICRA 2016 Industry Forum invited PAL Robotics as a speaker, under the theme “Partnering for modular, open solutions to meet industry needs”, hosted by Combient. Our Business Manager Carlos Vivas explained how industry can be enhanced by modular robots, as PAL Robotics develops platforms that are very modular and also suitable for Industry 4.0, such as TIAGo or PMB-2 mobile base. In fact, as Vivas pointed out, “TIAGo has the essence of what we learnt among the years: modularity is the way”.
Modularity – both in hardware and software – reduces complexity and makes it easier to integrate production lines for factories. Modular and open technologies are the basis for Factory in a Day, a EU 7th framework project in which PAL Robotics is involved. Its goal is to reduce the system integration time of a supply chain, using modular robots to optimize production line changes. The project was also presented at ICRA 2016 Industry Forum.