Amazon Web Services (AWS) has recently teamed up with robot developer Nexcobot to jointly develop a smart robotic solution, prodiving users from non-manufacturing industries with a modularized toolkit to reduce their learning curves and accelerate development of smart robots that suit their specific needs.
Nexcobot, an affiliate of Nexcom Group, is primarily focusing on developing robotic arm products with an open platform, according to company general manager Jenny Shern.
Shern pointed out that Nexcobot has received many inquiries from non-manufacturing industries, and expects demand from these areas to grow 15 times faster than that from conventional industries.
However, for non-manufacturing industries to customize their robots for specific needs is a rather difficult task, and therefore, Nexcobot is hoping its cooperation with AWS can simplify the process. A combination of Nexcobot's Smart Robot Box with AWS' RoboMaker platform is expected to accelerate the development, testing and deployment processes.
Users are allowed to develop and test robots via the cloud-based RoboMaker platform's simulation system and then synchronize their programs via Nexcobot's Smart Robot Box to their robotic arms or automated guided vehicles (AGV).
So far, the biggest challenge in robotic application development is that there has not yet been an open standard and Nexcobot's Smart Robot Box with open architecture is able to resolve such a problem as most mainstream robot products available in the market are all supported by Smart Robot Box.
Nexcobot general manager Jenny Shern (left)
Photo: Chloe Liao, Digitimes, November 2019