Flexiv Ltd. yesterday announced the release of its Robotic Development Kit, or RDK. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company claimed that its new product is “a leap forward in how robots are programmed and managed.”
“Flexiv's RDK brings about a fresh experience on the programming of complex robotic systems,” said Xiyang Yeh, co-founder and chief technology officer of Flexiv. “The kit provides users with the flexibility to not only use existing capabilities of our robots, but also implement custom behaviors to meet their application needs.”
Flexiv described itself as a “general-purpose robotics company focused on developing and manufacturing adaptive robots, integrating industrial-grade force control, computer vision, and AI technologies.”
The company said it provides robotics technology and services to customers in various industries. It has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Foshan in China, as well as Taipei, Singapore, and the U.S.
Flexiv RDK uses APIs for flexibility
Flexiv said its Robotic Development Kit uses customizable application programming interfaces (APIs) so users can easily and completely control adaptive robot arms. The toolkit allows them to make instant program modifications or integrate external hardware and software, it added.
RDK features the ability to issue multiple commands, execute high-level tasks, and invoke various skills. Developers can use it to rapidly create custom applications like teleoperation, dual-arm tasks, or autonomous mobile robot work, according to Flexiv.
The development kit's technical documentation and on-demand assistance from Flexiv's team of experts enable beginners to “delve into programming and learn on the fly to transform their skillsets,” said the company.
With RDK, Flexiv said developers can use existing code and a wide array of library files or create programs using C++ and Python.
To date, customers from academia and industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and agriculture have already used RDK, said Flexiv.
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Eugene Demaitre is editorial director of Robotics 24/7. Prior to joining Peerless Media, he was a senior editor at Robotics Business Review and The Robot Report. Demaitre has also worked for BNA (now part of Bloomberg), Computerworld, and TechTarget. He has participated in numerous robotics-related webinars, podcasts, and events worldwide.
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