Mar 21, 2019
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Don’t laugh. We know it has skinny legs, a black eye and a face only a robot could love.
But once you discover the variety of features, accessories and tools built into the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 development kit available from Thundercomm, you’ll find plenty of beauty in it.
Besides, you can make virtually whatever kind of robot you build around it — whether for consumer robot, companion, home entertainment, retail, industrial, automatically guided vehicle, home care, logistics, or public safety — as pretty or as plain as you want.
Even if the robot you build with the development kit doesn’t look like much on the surface, it should have what it needs to succeed because it is designed to help transform industries and enrich the lives of your customers.
Start with hardware. At the heart of the kit is the Qualcomm Robotics RB3 platform, with the Qualcomm® SDA845 system on chip (SoC) for heterogeneous computing, computer vision, multimedia, security and connectivity. For artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, the platform includes the Qualcomm® AI Engine, with up to three tera-operations per second (3 TOPS) of performance available for machine learning inference.
The development kit includes the robotics-focused DragonBoard™ 845c development board, which supports Linux and Robot Operating System (ROS) and is compliant with the 96Boards open hardware specification.
Also inside the kit is the Qualcomm Robotics navigation mezzanine board with time-of-flight (ToF) camera, tracking camera, stereo camera, and main camera. You’ll find hardware support for multiple microphones, and sensor support for proximity and inertial measurement unit (IMU) along with the ability to add additional sensors as needed. An optional cellular mezzanine board can provide LTE/CBRS cellular connectivity.
You can use the kit to prototype and test with options to commercialize with the Qualcomm SDA845 system on module (SoM) or as chip-on-board level design.
Then there’s software. Because the smarter you make your robot, the more your customers will want it.
The Qualcomm Robotics RB3 platform supports some of the most powerful SDK’s taking advantage of its heterogenous compute:
And, because your customers want a robot that does more than think and compute, the development kit includes tools for building useful capabilities into your robot such as these:
Technologies from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. are already at work in companion robots including Anki Vector, ElliQ and Sony Aibo. You can also find them in multimedia robots like Cerevo Tipron and Keecker, and in functional machines like robotic vacuum cleaners from iRobot, ECOVACS and Panasonic.
When you’ve got the hardware, software and tools to transform industries and make a big difference in people’s daily life, who cares if you have a big, black eye and skinny legs?
Read more about the Qualcomm Robotics development kit. Better yet, order yours from Thundercomm right now and start building and testing the kinds of robots that will become part of your customers’ lives. And then let us know what you have built with this great robotics package!