Cogniteam, the developers of drag n’ drop robotics operating system Nimbus, is partnering with designer and manufacturer of industrial IoT and Edge AI solutions AAEON to develop robotic hardware.
Petach Tikva, Israel-based Cogniteam describes Nimbus as a “one stop shop” for robot management. The software allows robots to be developed, configured, deployed, and operated, according to the company's website. This means companies can quickly develop and deploy advanced GPS, light, and other sensors using field-tested software solutions, the companies said.
Helping companies deploy faster
AAEON said it partnered with Cogniteam to develop hardware systems that come with various foundational capabilities- all of which are pre-integrated with Nimbus. Without this key advantage, operators lack cloud-connected capabilities, which allow for over-the-air updates, monitoring, insights, and operational insights, the companies said.
Since its launch, Cogniteam said Nimbus has improved integration and widespread adoption of ROS and NVIDIA Jetson software packages. Developers pick from a catalog of algorithms, AI, process control, spatial recognition, and more.
The robot can then be tested in a simulated environment to understand how the robot will handle various scenarios before it ever leaves the production floor.
“We are honored to have AAEON offer parts that are Nimbus enabled, allowing rapid uptime by syncing with a virtual environment,” said Dr. Yehuda Elmaliah, co-founder and CEO of Cogniteam. “In a few clicks, developers benefit from a system that’s already familiar with AAEON’s hardware specifications and abilities. Developers can choose off-the-shelf parts and significantly cut development time.”
Moving the burden of integration from individual organizations to a centralized platform gives robot operators valuable analytics, fleet management capabilities, OTA updates, remote control features, and more.
“This integration allows anyone to access today’s most advanced capabilities using pre-integrated AAEON components,” said Owen Wei, marketing and business development manager at AAEON. “Adding a cloud layer to a robot’s design keeps it up to date with continuous communication to the home base.”
Integration demands will only increase as edge devices carry greater processing power and more advanced capabilities.
Robots and components that are designed for cloud connectivity integrations benefit from a longer life thanks to the ability for features to be added over time, the companies said. Outfitting robots with tools for modern activities allows them to remain in the field longer without the risk of becoming obsolete, the companies said.
In May, Cogniteam raised $5.6 million in a Series A funding round.