One of the biggest challenges currently facing robotics developers is the need to integrate many components. Cogniteam yesterday released its Nimbus operating system to offer developers a “seamless drag-and-drop experience.” The Petach Tikva, Israel-based company said this will allow for rapid integration of spatial awareness tools, obstacle identification, navigation systems, cameras, lidar sensors, and more.
For over a decade, Cogniteam has provided software to help companies solve complex problems with their hardware. Now, as hardware engineers develop the physical aspects of the robots, they can upload the blueprints into Nimbus and allow software teams to program the robot in a simulated environment.
“By allowing hardware and software teams to work in tandem, instead of having one team wait for the other, teams can cut the time needed to test new versions in the field and bring their product to market 80% faster,” said Dr. Nachum Kaminka, co-founder and chief financial officer of Cogniteam. “This dramatically decreases development time and cost.”
Nimbus integrates with ROS
Nimbus offers pre-developed drivers and software packages in a drag-and-drop environment, making it easy to incorporate advanced sensors and complicated features. It also integrates with the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS) and other third-party resources.
“In the past, hardware-focused teams would focus their resources on developing the physical aspects of the robot,” said Dr. Yehuda Elmaliah, CEO of Cogniteam. “They become tied down by the unexpectedly complex nature of robotic software development.”
“The Nimbus cloud-based platform makes it possible to share robot access through multiple teams, allowing software and hardware developers to work together during development and even troubleshoot in-field challenges, remotely.”
Nimbus has already helped numerous beta test companies to reduce the development time and reach the market in a fraction of the time, shifting from today’s development cycle of six years to only one and a half years. This platform has already been adopted by partners such as AAEON and Adlink.
The company raised $4.2 million last month.
“Our recent funding round, led by Andrew Owens, founder and CEO of Seabarn Management, and Panthera home office, has allowed us to extend our product to new companies around the globe and scale robotic development and deployment,” said Kaminka. “We are excited by the positive response and the ability to share 11 years of robotics insight with the greater robotic community.”