Vatorx2
Location: AKGEC, Ghaziabad, Ghaziabad, India India
Founded in: 2017
Stage: Pre-launch
Number of employees: 1-5
Short URL: vator.co/copybot
Referred by: 2017 Robot Launch
Awards and mentions
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Product Showcasing
Showcasing product in front of Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, UP, India
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Finalist at NIYANTRA 2016
NIYANTRA is National level System Design contest held by National Instruments where implementation of CopyBot became the finalist idea.
Vatorx1

CopyBot

Startup/business
Ghaziabad, India India
http://knowingabout.me/copyBot/
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Every once in a while there comes a product which enables the users with the power to express their ideas into reality. These tools are the biggest reason that intensifies the large scale collaborative ventures which lead to technological advancements. All through history, the best selling products were the tools that gave users the power to design and develop their products, services or application.
From the early days innovations (which now look quite basic but should not be taken for granted) like lever and abacus to the modern world innovations like the personal computer, Android OS and Raspberry Pi, these greatest breakthrughs had one attribute in common. They all augmented basic human capabilities and transferred the power to the hands of the users.


These tools were made possible only because the product designers tapped into the great potential which the research in those sectors promised. This brings home the point that great technology in any domain needs simultaneous advancements in the corresponding research area to make any significant impact on the industry. They were tools built after rigorous redesigning, constant reviewing and planning to convert purely academic research papers to successfully selling products.


This is exactly what we are trying to do; tapping into the great potential which the research in robotic arms offers. Day by day, we are advancing
in the research areas related to the robotic arms leading to more robust, efficient and reliable robotic arms. The problem is that robotic arms, in spite of their advancements, have still not seen enough penetration in the consumer market because

  • The products directly targeting such consumers are still not developed (or are still being thought upon) that provide easy interfaces to control the robotic arm.
  • The overhead of learning a particular programming language to even get the basic control of the robot arm is costly and time-consuming.

 

The notable innovators in robotic design and development industry, shared quite similar opinions about the problem of complicated interfaces that are presently used to control interesting systems, thus adding a whole new layer of complexity.

The reason that 3D gesture control is a promising avenue for our work is because we’re all natural experts at this from birth. We are trained to interact with things in a 3D environment. We’re not born knowing how to use a keyboard or a mouse. How can we build devices and interfaces that make it intuitive and natural for people – first to understand the state of a complicated robot – and then control it?

- Jeff Norris, Mission Operations Innovation Lead at the JPL, NASA.

As evident from Jeff Norris' comment, this problem is being realized in many top robotics organizations. Solutions are still being thought of to reduce this challenge of complexity.

This is the problem that we decided to solve by taking the initiative to design and develop interfaces which are intuitive and easy enough for the consumer to control a robotic arm. This way the users, without prior programming experience, will be able to tap into the great potential that the research in mobile manipulation offers. Thus, rather than solving a particular target problem, we are empowering the users to solve their own problems.

Keeping this design philosophy in mind, we proposed the idea of CopyBot, an intuitive and amazingly simple to use mobile manipulator made using the state-of-the-art software and hardware interface that gives its user the power to make it do what they want. This will be a B-To-C product aiming to engage and motivate more and more consumers into leveraging the present technologies in mobile robotic arms. Its scope shall cover following topics

  • To offer gentler learning curve into the domain of robotic arms manipulation.
  • To encourage collaborative engagements of more users leading to accelerated growth and development of better algorithms and design.
  • To make these arms perform day-to-day small tasks that require a varying degree of manipulations. For example, moving or stacking up particular objects.

These problems, market condition and popular opinion about the direction in which possible solution can be found lead us to the induction of the idea of CopyBot.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXDYwstpejU


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