Breakthrough Vision Systems

for Industrial Robots

Under development, the VIM-201 camera (Alpha) from Visual Robotic s.   Our VIM-201 is the industry’s first 2D camera that processes position and imagery  while in motion , at full speed and without stopping. We estimate that systems using a VIM-201 will operate as much as 10X faster than any competitive product on the market today. With our solution, robot cycle time is limited by the robot rather than the vision system. This makes countless applications practical for robotic automation where it was previously impractical.

Under development, the VIM-201 camera (Alpha) from Visual Robotics.

Our VIM-201 is the industry’s first 2D camera that processes position and imagery while in motion, at full speed and without stopping. We estimate that systems using a VIM-201 will operate as much as 10X faster than any competitive product on the market today. With our solution, robot cycle time is limited by the robot rather than the vision system. This makes countless applications practical for robotic automation where it was previously impractical.

Visual Robotic Systems is transforming the performance of vision-guided robots with breakthrough 2D and 3D cameras and software. While vision-guided robots have many advantages over “blind” robots, they are relatively slow and therefore limited in their usefulness.

Historically, vision systems have struggled to determine where the camera and robot arm are located in 3D space at any point in time. Our patent-pending camera technology, “Vision-in-Motion™” obliterates this barrier so there is no lag while a robot figures out “where it is.”

Since robot productivity is measured in cycle time, competitive cameras and software are at a disadvantage. They require robots to stop, take a picture, process the image and location, and then resume, increasing cycle time by 50% or even more. This means they run so slowly that countless applications cannot currently be addressed with visually-guided robots in any practical way. With Vision-in-Motion eliminating this performance barrier, the robot itself is far more likely to be the speed limitation than our vision system. Now, visually-guided robots can take on countless tasks that were previously impractical.

This short video shows our VIM-201 camera (currently under development) which will target logistics industrial applications. The footage of the robot in action shows picking from a plate or bowl, and placing in a pallet. As you'll see, the pallet can be moved and the robot will adjust its course to still find the destination.


Why Vision-guided Systems Used Have Historically Been So Slow

Until now, the challenge has been far more than to build a camera that captures video at an acceptable frame rate. The system also has to determine the position of a robot head in real time, capture a video frame, correlate the image with location information, and interpret the image to determine if some action is warranted. Until now, this has not been possible without interrupting the robot’s motion because image and location correlation was so slow. This results in a “stop-image-restart” cycle that slows down robots considerably. In fact, one company that claims to offer state-of-the art 3D imaging runs at only 3 frames per second.

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It’s time to envision the future.

The costs of setting up fixtures for blind robots to perform a repetitive task can be as much or more than the cost of the robot itself. Moving to a visual system dramatically reduces the cost and time to set up a robot because it accommodates variation in its environment.

A vision guided robot can be used for a wide variety of tasks with only minor setup changes and little or no changes required for its surrounding fixtures. A faster vision system such as ours means that an even wider range of tasks can be performed by a single machine, providing greater flexibility on the line.

Our Breakthrough Solutions

 

Visual Robotics’ patent-pending technology fully correlates image and location information at unprecedented speeds. We do this without the “stop-image-restart” interruption in robot motion required by other systems. Even our entry level 2D megapixel camera does this at 30 frames per second or VGA at 60 frames per second making it ideal for many visually-guided operations. The result is that vision guided robots can now operate at speeds approaching that of blind robots! This means quicker setup, and lower investment in fixtures and conveyances.

 

Learn More

We’ll be releasing our first product in the coming months. If you’d like to learn more about us, or participate in our Beta program, visit our “Contact” page to request more information.