With the advancement of key technologies such as navigation and voice recognition, commercial service robots have entered our field of vision and are widely used in multiple scenarios such as supermarkets, hotels, office buildings, and restaurants. For commercial service robots, autonomous movement is the most essential capability.
At present, there are two main solutions to the problem of robot autonomous movement on the market. One is to provide LiDAR SLAM or visual SLAM navigation solutions based on SLAM technology, and the other is to provide autonomous mobile chassis products directly. For a robot that wants to quickly occupy market opportunities For enterprises, chassis products are undoubtedly the best choice.
However, most chassis products on the market have problems such as high prices, large sizes, and unstable walking. The emergence of the small robot-wheeled chassis of SLAMTEC has subverted the industry’s perception of chassis products.
Compared with other chassis products, Athena 2.0 not only has achieved a breakthrough in cost but also based on SLAM technology of navigation making the operation of the robot more stable.
At the same time, in addition to being equipped with a 25/40m high-performance LiDAR, Athena 2.0 also integrates multiple sensors such as ultrasonic waves, depth cameras, anti-collision, and anti-drop. Equipped with the high-performance SLAMWARE3.0 positioning and navigation solution independently developed by SLAMTEC, it can realize the map construction of super-large scenes of 500*500m. Even in a complex and changeable business environment, it can successfully complete autonomous mapping, positioning, and navigation, enabling the robot to achieve more flexible obstacle avoidance.
The excellent climbing ability of the Athena 2.0 chassis can easily climb the slope with an angle of 10°, control any complex terrain, and ensure a smooth and stable running experience.
Athena 2.0, which has multi-sensor fusion technology, can recognize and avoid in time when facing high-transparency materials such as glass and mirrors, and make a good path planning for the next step. In addition, due to the advantages of Athena 2.0‘s compact body, Athena can also move more intelligently in some places with compact environments. In a narrow aisle of 55cm, it may be difficult for two people to run side by side, but the Athena 2.0 chassis can pass smoothly.
In addition to the advantages of small size, low cost, and stable operation, the robot’s small wheeled chassis Athena 2.0 also supports multiple functions such as virtual walls and virtual tracks, autonomous return charging, and cloud remote management. And it can meet the standardization requirements of hardware such as power switch and control interface, and realize the effective connection of relevant interfaces.
Starting from the first robot chassis, SLAMTEC has adopted multi-sensor fusion, software, and hardware complementation to realize the application solution of specific scenarios, and achieved a comprehensive sense of the surrounding environment by fusing sensors such as LiDAR, depth camera, and ultrasonic, and can accurately detect obstacles made of high-transparency materials such as glass and mirrors, so as to avoid them in time before approaching these objects. After obtaining its own positioning and map data, it cooperates with the high-performance positioning and navigation algorithm independently developed by SLAMTEC and can shuttle freely between obstacles even in the face of various complex application scenarios.
The emergence of SLAMTEC low-cost chassis can greatly reduce the R&D problems and cycles of robot companies, and devote more time and energy to upper-level application development, so as to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of robot products.