Industrial Electronics

Open robotic platform launches for education, healthcare and COVID-19 prevention

11 June 2020
The two modules that will be available for users to modify the Misty II robot for healthcare, education and fighting COVID-19. Source: Lantronix

Lantronix Inc. has partnered with Mistry Robotics to create an open-platform robot based on the Misty II robot with built-in applications for education, eldercare and COVID-19 transmission prevention.

The platform would allow robots to perform human-like tasks with personality and perception abilities as well as additional application development that could help prevent COVID-19 transmissions by screening for symptoms without any human contact.

Lantronix said the technology is easy to program and expands capabilities with the ultimate goal to create an open platform so developers can contribute to Misty II’s growth.

Two platforms are being developed by Lantronix. The first, the IES Open-Q 820Pro µSOM is equipped with a Qualcomm APQ8096SG application processor for visual and acoustic processing while the Open-Q 410 SOM comes with a Qualcomm APQ8016E application processor running on Windows 10 internet of things (IoT) core for UI/UX and programmability. Both modules also include the Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec for audio processing.

The software of the Misty II uses Qualcomm’s artificial intelligence engine for object detection and machine learning, Qualcomm noise and echo cancellation and Qualcomm voice activation as well as Qualcomm Hexagon digital signal processor (DSP)-based voice activation for APE-mode keyword detection.

Other software capabilities include camera management, audio management, display panel support, audio topology support using multiple microphones and speaker output, inter-processor communications, battery charging and tuning of noise suppression.

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