Robot development kit supports ROS2 and voice AI

Robot development kit supports ROS2 and voice AI
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TDK has launched a robotic development kit and reference design with full ROS2 support at CES 2022
By Nick Flaherty

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TDK has launched its next generation robotic development platform with full ROS1 and ROS2 compliant drivers and software algorithms.

The SmartRobotics RoboKit1 enables quick prototyping and development for robotic developers with sensors from its InvenSense division, including a 6-axis IMU, capacitive barometric pressure sensor, digital I²S microphone (x4), temperature sensor, time of flight (ToF) sensor, embedded motor controller and magnetometer.

The platform is aimed at developers of industrial and consumer robotics as well as drones with ROS1 and ROS2 drivers for all on-board sensors. It includes algorithms for obstacle detection for any colour objects in all lighting conditions, floor type and cliff detection using ultrasonic sensors as well as a RoboVac algorithm using IMU data for heading computation and robot motor control APIs. It also includes keyword spotting of the phrase “Hi TDK” with noise filter and noise cancellation

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RoboKit1 will be offered both as a stand-alone development board as well as a full robot reference design. Depending on the version, the board will also be joined by TDK’s industrial IMU sensor module via flex cables as well as a full robotic chassis and 3D printed casing, allowing engineers to develop a fully functional robotic reference design.

There is also a Bluetooth Low Energy link to Windows and Android Apps for sensors and algorithms evaluation and data collection.

“TDK’s vision is to promote problem-solving solutions that integrate technology from across the TDK companies. TDK RoboKit1 provides innovative hardware from multiple TDK group companies, but also provides full software stacks and algorithms that solve real robotics problems,” says Peter Hartwell, CTO of InvenSense. “This is truly a first of its kind and will help fast track robotics at any point during the development process, creating feature value that will set customers apart from their competition.”

The TDK RoboKit1 is available to order now through distribution channels worldwide. Availability for shipping is targeted for mid Q1 2022.

www.invensense.tdk.com

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