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Why Ease of Use is the Key to Robotics Adoption

By: Jason Walker | CEO & Co-Founder

What if we told you that in less time than it takes for a typical coffee break, you could have a fully autonomous, easy-to-use, industrial-strength mobile robot out of the box and working for you? It’s not only possible, it’s here. Vector, the autonomous mobile robot built by Waypoint Robotics, is empowering today’s workforce by giving them effective technology they can use with confidence.

But what does autonomy mean to you? At its root, autonomy is freedom – freedom to accomplish your goals, freedom to showcase your skills, and freedom to get the job done. At Waypoint we built Vector with that exact mission in mind — to create a robot that can complete tasks, navigate, recharge autonomously, and is also incredibly easy to use.

At a recent Robotics Summit and Showcase, Waypoint CEO Jason Walker took part in a panel discussion on the importance of autonomy in robotics technology and how it’s being used today and in the future. Autonomy, he argued, is nothing without ease-of-use.

In designing Vector, the Waypoint team aimed to tackle the balancing act of creating a robot that is both simple to use and includes the facets of autonomy that were discussed in the panel and much more. As you can see in the Vector unboxing video, we are delivering a robot that does just that.

Intelligent Navigation

Autonomous navigation is a fundamental element in the pursuit of easy-to-use robots. A robot that requires frequent human intervention doesn’t resolve anyone’s pile of backed up work. Vector’s state-of-the-art intelligent navigation system allows it to find its own way from point A to point B, and to detect and avoid obstacles along the way. It can even replan and adapt its course if it’s initial route is blocked.

Vector’s autonomous navigation system makes it possible for it to independently tackle the tasks and missions that consume valuable time, but don’t utilize your skills and experience. Waypoint’s Dispatcher guides you through the process of mapping the facility and establishing waypoints for Vector to move between on its own. As demonstrated in the video, this takes only three minutes.

Task & Mission Autonomy

Whether your job is transporting goods through the warehouse or an app developer, Dispatcher is so simple you’ll have Vector doing real work in no time. Vector will safely and autonomously navigate where you want, ready to accomplish whatever task you give it. And the key thing is that you can trust Vector to complete its mission without you having to micromanage it.

Vector precisely navigates between waypoints in your workspace while executing its assigned tasks, such as carrying boxes from point A to point B for example. By letting Vector carry the load, skilled workforce can focus on the work that truly matters.

Wireless, On-Demand Power

You need a robot that works as hard as you do and can keep up with the hours that you work. Vector comes standard with batteries that last all day, but if you want Vector to keep working through multiple shifts, then charging is an important problem to solve. Fortunately, Waypoint has solved that problem for you with EnZone. With Vector and EnZone we have developed a self-sustaining robot that removes batteries and charging from your list of worries.

EnZone is designed specifically to make robots easier to setup and use. Its high-power wireless connection allows for “opportunity charging,” giving your robot the capability to charge when it is paused during its regular work cycle. This capability means you can forget about charging, so you can focus on more important things.

As use of automation grows, autonomous mobile robots will grow in terms of their capabilities and usage. At Waypoint, we designed  Vector to be easy to use, so workers can expand their skill set and be empowered to use this powerful new technology with confidence.

Contact us today to learn more about our state-of-the-art mobile robots.



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