Robot-AI collaboration demonstrated in California

March 22, 2024
NVidia brings artificial intelligence to Teradyne Robotics

Teradyne Robotics, which includes collaborative robot (cobot) company Universal Robots (UR) and autonomous mobile robot (AMR) company MiR, is collaborating with NVidia to bring AI capabilities to its automation applications.

 This week at the NVidia GTC global AI conference in San Jose, California, AI-powered autonomous inspection was on display. Through this collaboration and for this showcase, UR has integrated NVidia accelerated computing into its cobot. The NVidia Jetson AGX Orin, a complete system-on-module (SOM) designed for edge AI applications, the cuMotion path planner from the NVidia Isaac Manipulator platform, UR’s PolyScope X software and its UR5e cobot platform have been combined.

Teradyne Robotics also announced the launch of an AI-powered solution for pallet handling, the MiR1200 Pallet Jack. The pallet detection is powered by the NVidia Jetson AGX Orin module. The MiR1200 Pallet Jack uses 3D vision to identify, pick up and deliver pallets.

The MiR1200 Pallet Jack and UR’s cuMotion demo are examples of physical AI.

“This is the first of a series of planned AI offerings by Teradyne Robotics,” said Teradyne Robotics Group President Ujjwal Kumar. “By adding high-performance compute hardware to our control systems, as well as investing in targeted upgrades to our software stacks, we are investing to establish UR and MiR as the preferred robotics platforms for developing and deploying AI applications. We are working to shape the future of robotics by combining NVidia’s state-of-the-art AI platform with Teradyne Robotics’ real-world domain expertise in industrial automation.”

Deepu Talla, vice president of robotics and edge computing at Nvidia, said: “NVidia’s Isaac platform is enabling increased autonomy in robotics with rapid advancements in simulation, generative AI, foundation models and optimized edge compute. This collaboration with Teradyne Robotics will bring the power of AI and accelerated computing to rapidly growing cobot and AMR markets.”