AAEON: RoboMaker Developer Kit for AWS RoboMaker

UP Bridge The Gap, a brand belonging to AAEON Technology Europe, announce its UP Squared RoboMaker Developer Kit for AWS RoboMaker powered by Intel AI technology and Amazon Web Services (AWS). This effort is a clear direction from AWS, AAEON, and Intel to unlock the potential of artificial intelligence and opening a world of new possibilities for developer experiences. At Amazon re:MARS 2019, the UP team showcased how to use this kit to quickly and easily build a robot, with the ability to upgrade to an automated guided vehicle (AGV) and autonomous mobile robot (AMR). The kit is now available for pre-order at the UP shop and will be ready to ship by the end of June. 

The UP Squared RoboMaker Developer Kit for AWS RoboMaker is a starter package designed to be a fast and easy way for developers to add artificial intelligence and vision into their robots. The kit provides a clear tutorial for how to build hardware from the module level and how to use cloud services to shorten the development time. Developers have been able to add machine vision into their robots within a single day and working robotics demos in just a few days. With expertise from Intel, AWS and AAEON, this kit aims at providing developers a path from prototype to field deployment.

There are several modules included in this kit to enable true AI at the edge such as vision, inference, navigation and compute are all performed locally: This kit features an UP Squared board with an Intel Atom processor x7-E3950, Intel RealSense D435i camera and an Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU. There is no other robotics developer kit on the market that is as well integrated: with CPU, integrated GPU, VPU and 3D Vision all integrated in a platform from a single manufacturer. The kit has been designed for and it is fully compatible to AWS RoboMaker, to extend the open-source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to cloud services.

Because all robots are not built the same, the package doesn’t include components which might change in different type of robots, such as the control board, motor, and wheels. However, the UP team provides links to schematics of a control board, 3D printing files, and accessories to users who would like to build an autonomous robot as the showcase example.

The UP team takes this as a starting point for its footprint in the robotics market and is expanding its robotic solutions to be used in logistics, rescue, safety, manufacturing, and exploration. The collaboration with Intel and AWS is an effective way to bring robotic solutions to new markets, and the UP team is ready to work with robotic makers to bring robots to the next level.

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