Nexcom pushing robotics education in US
Ninelu Tu, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES
Thursday 14 June 2018

Industrial PC (IPC) maker Nexcom International is currently servicing the US' education and smart manufacturing market via its US-based subsidiary Nexcobot established in March 2018 and the subsidiary has recently obtained orders for MiniBOT, an educational robot, from Boise State University (BSU) in Idaho, the US for use in its robotics laboratories, according to Nexcom.

Nexcom is invited by the American Institute in Taiwan to attend 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit to take place in Washington DC during June 20-22. Since the event is to promote foreign direct investments in the US, Nexcom expects its attendance to pave the way for Nexcobot to tap the US' educational robot business opportunity.

For more than five years, Nexcom has been developing open-standard Industry 4.0-based Internet of Things (IoT) solutions including integrated smart machinery, integrated industrial IoT device across gateway platforms and private and solutions to globally monitor public and private clouds, said company chairman and CEO Clement Lin. In a bid to push the ecosystem's development, Nexcom has developed PC- and EtherCAT-based modular robotics curriculums to cultivate talent in robotics and IoT, with such curriculums adopted by many universities in Taiwan, Lin noted.

Nexcom will provide curriculums and minBOT for initial robotics education at BSU in the second half of 2018 and plans to widely duplicate the model across US, Lin indicated. In addition, Nexcom hopes that such robotics education can be globally adopted in the future, Lin said.

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