Introducing RoboEarth: a global online platform for robots
Researchers from Dutch electronics giant Philips and the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a cloud-based database for robots. ‘RoboEarth’ is an online platform where robots can learn new skills from each other.
The invention brings the development of robots that can carry out household or care tasks a big step closer, the researchers say. To enable robots to successfully lend a mechanical helping hand, they need to be able to deal flexibly with new situations and conditions. The RoboEarth creators recently demonstrated how it works. In a mocked-up hospital, four robots used the system to complete a series of tasks. One robot digitally mapped out the room, while the others used the online data to attempt to serve drinks to the patients. The ‘thinking’ tasks of the robot are carried out by the system’s ‘cloud engine’ so the robot doesn’t need to have much computing or battery power on board. The project is funded by the European Union and took four years to develop.
Sources: TU/e, BBC News