Smart robots play an increasingly important role in industrial automation as well as in private homes. They can take over repetitive as well as dangerous tasks, allowing for time and cost savings, safety and flexibility. Smart robotics spans traditional robot arms in production lines (e.g. automotive manufacturers) to mobile robots used in logistics, so-called AGVs (automated guided vehicles) or AMRs (autonomous mobile robots) in warehouses. In fact, the biggest market is for household and service robots, such as vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers.
ams OSRAM's miniaturized sensing and illumination solutions are the best choice to increase the performance and precision of robots by making them smarter. Our lighting and sensing technology includes time-of-flight distance measurement sensors (1-/2-/3-D), LiDAR systems (EEL, VCSEL) and illuminators for flood- and dot-illumination in combination with our high-performance imagers. They make industry and service robots more intelligent, easier to use and enable safer human-machine interfaces in unfenced areas. For example, our green lasers facilitate vacuum cleaners to detect objects and dust while our spectral sensors identify materials, such as carpets or wet surfaces. With robots and humans increasingly working together in collaborative environments, sensor solutions become ever more important – whether to avoid collisions, enable gesture recognition or facilitate AR-based human-machine interaction.
The better the robot understands and interacts with its dynamic environment, the more successful this technology becomes. Beside our unique portfolio of sensors, LEDs and lasers, ams OSRAM pursues a dedicated innovation roadmap regarding future technologies like smart-surface solutions and differentiating algorithms to advance robot capabilities.