Sanbot (robot)

Sanbot is an intelligent, cloud-enabled service robot[2] developed by Qihan Technology Co. Ltd., a robotics and AI company headquartered in Shenzhen, China.[3] Now Qihan has launched three generation intelligent robots under the Sanbot brand – Sanbot Elf(QIHAN Technology renamed the first generation Sanbot to Sanbot Elf[4]), Sanbot King Kong[5] and Sanbot Nano.[6]

Sanbot
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Sanbot robots, 2017
ManufacturerQihan Technology Co. Ltd.[1]
Country China
Year of creation2016 prototype
TypeHumanoid robot
PurposeRetail, Hospitality, Education, Health care, Entertainment, Security
WebsiteOfficial website

Development historyEdit

Sanbot utilizes next-generation robotics and artificial intelligent (AI) technologies[7] both in design and manufacture. It has an open API platform[8] which enables developers to program the robot with customized Android applications for their business.[9] Sanbot Elf open platform robot is a Hardware-App-Cloud service combined three-in-one customized open system, which offers directional solutions for home and commercial users in Retail, Hospitality, Education, Healthcare, and Security areas.[1][10][11][12][13] Sanbot was released at the IFA 2016 in Berlin.[14][15]

Sanbot Elf is in use by customs and airports including Gongbei Port of Entry and Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport for passenger service and security purposes.[16][17]

Sanbot releases MPS (Multi-service Platform System) specially for business including retail, hospitality, education and healthcare.[18] MPS enables businesses to centrally manage hundreds of Sanbot robots from anywhere through the cloud-enabled, centralized system.[19]

QIHAN Technology launched new generation humanoid robot - Sanbot King Kong at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing and was presented to the North American market at CES 2018. Sanbot King Kong can move at speeds up to five meters per second, exceeding the average human walking speed (1.5 meters per second) and able to tow up to 165 pounds.[20] Sanbot King Kong aims to bring endless possibilities to government,[21][22] hospitality, public service and retail industries.[23]

Sanbot Nano is Qihan’s new generation intelligent robot for home use and it was launched at 2017 IFA Expo in Messe Berlin, Germany. Sanbot Nano adopts Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service (AVS) and families can use it to control lights, thermostats and home appliances. People can order pizza, request a car, track fitness stats, control the TV, play music from today’s leading streaming providers through Sanbot Nano at home.[6][4]

DesignEdit

Sanbot ElfEdit

A matrix design of 360 wrap-around perception that utilizes more than 60 sensors gives Sanbot Elf better than human-like awareness. The robot has the capacity for Voice Interaction, Facial Recognition, Voice Localization, Video Chat, Obstacle Avoidance and Auto charging, giving users feeling of Magic Audio-visual.[24][25][26]

Sanbot robot adopts components and systems from international hi-tech giants for its hardware and intelligent software. The forward-sensing cameras is from Sony, touchscreen from Sharp, IBM Watson powers the artificial intelligence capabilities, and Nuance provides the voice recognition.[27][28]

Sanbot King KongEdit

EXTERNAL HARDWARE: Standing at approximately 4.8 feet tall, Sanbot King Kong boasts two new bionic arms and hands that provide several degrees of freedom, similar to that of a human arm. Its waist can automatically change the body’s center of gravity and adjust its posture, so that it can perform well in hospitality services including food delivery and prevents it from falling over when carrying objects on uneven terrain. Sanbot King Kong features the advanced four-wheel drive system with an external wheel motor and Mecanum wheel chassis design and can move at speeds up to five meters per second. Sanbot King Kong is able to tow up to 165 pounds during the sophisticated movements.[20]

INTERNAL HARDWARE: Sanbot King Kong wields six built-in microphones in its head and it has a strong speech recognition program that separates background noise in busy and loud areas. With AI system powered by IBM Watson and Nuance, Sanbot King Kong is capable of speech recognition technology and can identify and communicate in 26 different languages. Sanbot King Kong adopts multiple 3D cameras vSLAM (vision simultaneous localization and mapping), combining infrared, ultrasound and visual obstacle avoidance technology to help Sanbot King Kong efficiently map out unfamiliar environments and even avoid glass doors and falling objects. Sanbot King Kong is fused with security password system on its head to protect the robot from unwanted access to its multiple USB ports and power-supply ports.

Sanbot NanoEdit

Sanbot Nano stands at 2.7 feet tall and is equipped with over 50 sensors to avoid objects in its way, recognize voices and know when someone enters the room. Sanbot Nano inherits popular features from Sanbot Elf including the Android SDK, Sanbot App Store and automatic charging. It adopts Amazon’s Alexa (Alexa Voice Service) and families can use it to control lights, thermostats and home appliances. It is the first home robot adopting the Amazon Alexa AI system.[29]

SpecificationsEdit

Sanbot Elf
Dimensions
  • Height: 902 millimetres (36 in)
  • Depth: 331 millimetres (13 in)
  • Width: 421 millimetres (17 in)
Weight 19 kilograms (42 lb)
Battery Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 20Ah/300W
Running time(Full Loading): about 4 Hours; Standby for over 10 hours
Display 10.1 inch 1080P HD capacitance 10-point touch display
Head Mic x 7, RGB Camera x 2, 3D sensor x 1, Touch sensor x 7
Body Gyroscope sensor x 1, Human body induction sensor x 2, IR evading obstacle sensor x 1, IR message receiving sensor
x 6,Touch sensor x 4, electronic compass sensor x 1
Hands IR evading obstacle sensor x 4, Touch sensor x 2
Legs IR evading obstacle sensor x 10, Omni Wheel x 3
Moving parts Head: 2 x DOF, 180 degree at horizontal direction, 30 degree at vertical direction
Hand: 1x2(L/R) DOF, 270 degree swing back and forth
Leg: 3 x DOF, Free angle
Video 8.0MP HD camera
1.0MP HD color camera with 140 degree aspheric surface angle
Display 10.1 inch 1080P HD capacitance 10-point touch display
Projection Laser: 1920 x 720
HD wide gamut output: 60 Hz
Aspect-ratio: 16:9
Platform ROS1.1
Sound Voice control, 360 degree sound localization
2 x tweeter, 1 x woofer
Networking Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)
Wireless: Bluetooth4.0, ZigBee
Atmosphere lamp 250 kinds customized colors;
2 cycles for ears, 2 pcs for hands, and 1 cycle for chassis
Moving speed Up to 2.88 kilometres per hour (2 mph)
Grade Up to 1.5 centimetres (0.6 in)
 
Sanbot King Kong for hospitality
Sanbot King Kong
Dimensions
  • Height: 1,455 millimetres (57 in)
  • Depth: 765 millimetres (30 in)
  • Width: 615 millimetres (24 in)
Weight 100 kilograms (220 lb)
Battery Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 36V/1.6KW
Running time(Full Loading): about 18 hours
Display 10.1 inch 1080P HD capacitance 10-point touch display
Degrees of Freedom Head x 3, Arm x 10, Palm x 10, Foot x 4
Moving 4-wheel drive
External wheel motor and Mecanum wheel
Vertical Jump 1.77 in/4.5 cm
Platform Android/Linux/ROS/RTOS
Head Microphone x7, Eye Display: OLED x 2, Background lights: RGB X 2, Speakers: Tweeter x2, Degrees of movement x 3, HD camera (720P) x 1, Visual Camera x 1, 3D Camera x 1, Lighting: LED Light x 1, Touch Sensor x 1
Torso 10.1-inch 1080P touch screen, HD Camera x 1, PIR x 2, Ultrasonic sensor x 2, Speakers Tweeter x 2, Touch sensor x 2
Backside Cover: Type-A USB x 2, Micro USB x 1, Dial Switch x 2
Front Side Cover: AC 220 V Power Outlet x 1, HDMI Port x 1, Type-A USB x 1, DC 12 V Port x 1, RJ45 Ethernet Port x 1, AUDIO IN Port x 1, I2C Interface x 1
Support Frame: Pressure transducer x1
Arm (x2) Degrees of Freedom x 5, Touch Sensor x 4, Infrared Distance Sensor x 3, Background Light x 1
Chassis External Wheel Hub Motor x 4, Mecanum Wheel x 4, Infrared Distance Sensor x 18, Ultrasonic Sensor x 6, 3D Camera x 4, Vision Camera x 1, Subwoofer x 1, Drawbar x 1, On/Off Switch x 1, Charging Port x 1, Charging Indicator Light x 1, Turn Signal x 3, Magnetic Sensor x 2, RFID x 1, RJ45 Ethernet Port x 1, DC 12V Port x 1, AUDIO IN Port x 1
Moving speed Up to 18 kilometres per hour (11 mph)
Max Freight Weight 75 kilograms (165 lb)
 
Sanbot Nano for home service
Sanbot Nano
Dimensions
  • Height: 848 millimetres (33 in)
  • Depth: 395 millimetres (16 in)
  • Width: 421 millimetres (17 in)
Weight 19 kilograms (42 lb)
Battery Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 20Ah/300W
Running time(Full Loading): about 4 Hours; Standby for over 10 hours
Display 10.1 inch 1080P HD capacitance 10-point touch display
Head Mic x 7, RGB Camera x 2, 3D sensor x 1, Touch sensor x 7
Body Gyroscope sensor x 1, Human body induction sensor x 2, IR evading obstacle sensor x 1, IR message receiving sensor
x 6, Touch sensor x 4, electronic compass sensor x 1
Hands IR evading obstacle sensor x 4, Touch sensor x 2
Legs IR evading obstacle sensor x 10, Omni Wheel x 3
Moving parts Head: 2 x DOF, 180 degree at horizontal direction, 30 degree at vertical direction
Hand: 1x2(L/R) DOF, 270 degree swing back and forth
Leg: 3 x DOF, Free angle
Video 8.0MP HD camera
1.0MP HD color camera with 140 degree aspheric surface angle
Display 10.1 inch 1080P HD capacitance 10-point touch display
Platform ROS1.1
Sound Voice control, 360 degree sound localization
2 x tweeter, 1 x Subwoofer
Networking Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz/5 GHz)
Wireless: ZigBee
Atmosphere lamp 250 kinds customized colors;
2 cycles for ears, 2 pcs for hands, and 1 cycle for chassis
Moving speed Up to 2.88 kilometres per hour (2 mph)
Grade Up to 1.5 centimetres (0.6 in)

See alsoEdit

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