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What to See at This Year’s Robotic Summit & Showcase

We’re headed to the Robotics Summit & Showcase conference later this month and wanted to share some of the exciting happenings expected to take place this year — particularly what Waypoint will be up to during this major industry event.

This year’s event — May 23-24 at the Westin Boston Waterfront — brings together some of the brightest entrepreneurs, top engineering minds, and major investors within the robotics industry for a multi-day gathering that is part educational forum and part product showcase.

Waypoint will be on hand at Booth #305 showcasing our flagship autonomous mobile robot, Vector, as well as our new wireless power system, EnZone. If you’re interested in attending, sign up through our customized portal page using promo code WAYPOINT to register and get a 40% discount.

But wait … there’s more!

Waypoint isn’t the only exciting attendee at year’s showcase. In addition to the numerous keynote speakers and presenters, there will also be several panels featuring some of the greatest minds in robotics. We consider the following “can’t miss” tracks to be incredible opportunities to hear from some of the best in the business.

Waypoint CEO Featured on Panel Highlighting Importance of Automation

Our CEO and co-founder Jason Walker will join other industry experts for a panel focused on automation, particularly how automation and robotics technology are now being applied in today’s world. This panel takes place on Wednesday, May 23, from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm.

Here’s a description of the panel:

In areas where automation and robotics technology are now being applied, one overarching trend is the gradual increase in the levels of autonomy, the capacity for systems to move or perform tasks, responding to both environmental and internal stimuli, without human intervention. It is this ability that is truly transformational. The addition of autonomous capabilities is a key means of increasing system functionality, delivering greater business value, reducing costs, and deriving other benefits.

It is important for developers of robotics and automation technology to understand the various forms by which autonomy can be manifested, and what currently is technically possible or soon will be. For understanding is the necessary first step before autonomous capabilities can be exploited to address technology and business challenges, as well as uncover new opportunities. Panel topics include:

  • Task and Mission Autonomy
  • Power Autonomy
  • Failure Autonomy
  • Guidance and Navigation Autonomy

Innovations in Sensors, Sensing and Robot Vision

Robotic sensors are essential for robots to understand the world around them — which is why we consider this track to be a “must” for anyone attending this year’s conference. This panel takes place on Thursday, May 24, from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm.

Here’s a description of the panel:

Commercial robotic systems typically require multiple types of sensors to capture information about the physical world, which following fusion and further processing allows them to orient themselves, avoid obstacles, navigate, and provide additional information. The number, type, and quality of the onboard sensors vary depending on the price and target application for the platform. Common sensor types include 2D / 3D imaging sensors (cameras), 1D and 2D laser rangefinders, 2D and 3D sonar sensors, 3D High Definition LiDAR, accelerometers, GPS, and more. Thankfully, solution providers continue to release low-cost, increasingly powerful products, and new sensing technologies are always emerging.

In this panel, attendees will learn of the latest advances in sensing products and technologies, including use cases highlighting important trends and examples of the latest sensing trends and techniques.

How ROS Helps Robotics Ease of Use

ROS has been a true game-changer in the world of robotics — offering users a way to quickly build, maintain and expand their robots’ capabilities. This track highlights just how ROS is making life easier for end-users — featuring exclusive insight from Nick Varas, a robotics engineer at Waypoint. This panel takes place on Thursday, May 24, from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm.

Here’s a description of the panel:

The next frontier to be conquered in robotics is usability for end-users. Ease of use is a key factor in new industries and companies adopting automation. A major pool of potential robotics end-users don’t have technology expertise. The Robot Operating System (ROS) can potentially help close this gap.

In this session, Nick Varas, a robotics engineer at Waypoint Robotics, will discuss how ROS can be used to develop robots that are easier for end-users to use and customize for their needs. Varas will explore ways the ROS community can better collaborate and develop a robotics standard that improves interoperability. There isn’t an app store for robotics yet, but when there is, ROS will be the glue that holds everything together.
To highlight the capabilities of ROS, Varas will present a case study highlighting Waypoint Robotics mobile robot, Vector. Vector is an industrial strength, omni-directional, autonomous mobile robot. The ROS-native robotic mobility platform is open-source and configurable to any robotics task.

We’re looking forward to the upcoming conference. Will we see you there? Let us know if you plan on attending and be sure to swing by our booth (#305) to see what we’re up to.

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