LattePanda – a Powerful Brain for Service Robot
With the rapid development of robotics industry, an increasing number of service robots appear in the market. You can see the service robots in the factory, restaurant, hospital, shopping mall, hotel, office, and even your friends’ home. In 2020, the COVID-19 swept the globe. Even now many industries are still impacted badly by the pandemic. However, it has stimulated some industries’ development to some extent, including the service robot.
Due to the pandemic, contactless service is encouraged. Using a service robot can undoubtedly avoid direct contact. For example, in the hospital, service robots can be used to deliver medicines to patients. This, on the other hand, will help the enterprises save labor cost. Besides, the service robot has little downtime and can run 24/7, ensuring high efficiency and productivity. Under some dangerous circumstances, a service robot can handle unsafe tasks, in case any accident happens to human beings.
LattePanda and Service Robot
The service robot highly integrates sensors, network, cloud computing and other innovative technologies. The most important part is its “brain”, i.e. mainboard, and LattePanda can play this role very well. In fact, many enterprises have made service robots successfully with LattePanda. For example, one Asia robotics company has developed a service robot to deliver dishes to the disabled. They use LattePanda as the mainboard to run their ordering applications on Windows 10 system and connect camera, microphone, speaker to understand the demand of users through gesture and speech recognition. Meanwhile, built-in coprocessor can process huge amounts of data synchronously coming from obstacle detection, line tracking and other sensors, and control motor and servo to execute the basic function of the robot. Now the robot is one of their main products.
To make a service robot, LattePanda has many features which make it the most suitable single board computer. Based on the research, the customers listed several reasons why they choose LattePanda. First, it can run full Windows 10, so there are abundant development resources. The development of GUI(Graphical User Interface) or HMI(human machine interface) with visual studio is much easier and faster on Windows than on Linux.
Then, thanks to onboard coprocessor and various connectors, many sensors and actuators can be directly connected to LattePanda without other control boards. They can realize many functions and behaviors on the robot.
Some customers mentioned that the development tool (like Xojo, unity, Docker, Visual Studio, etc.) they use needs to consume a large amount of computing resources, so a high performance of the mainboard is required and LattePanda can meet the demand. Additionally, Python can be installed on LattePanda, which is widely used now.
Last but not least, LattePanda is the smallest and thinnest SBC, it can be easily integrated into the robot, especially small robots with very limited internal space.
In the future, with the demand increasing and technology developing, the service robot will be widespread. SBC, like LattePanda, with tiny size and strong functions is a good choice for making a service robot. In fact, not only service robot but also other robots (like logistics robot, collaborative robot, etc.) all need a powerful “brain”, and LattePanda can be the “brain”.
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