Six members of the federal start-up accelerator GenerationS, organized by the RVC, showcased their projects at iREX 2015, the largest international robot exhibition, which was held in Tokyo.
The GenerationS booth, organized by RVC and the Moscow Institute of Technology, was set up at iREX for the first time. It was represented by Promobot company (the winner of GenerationS 2014) and the graduates of the Robotics accelerator: multifunctional chassis AnyWalker, bionic prosthetic hand KleiberHand, cloud service on face recognition Face iS (VisionLabs), unmanned system Aurora and virtual reality helmet NVR.
IREX exhibition has become one of the most important international events in the world of robotics. "The very sensation of being part of it is amazing — says Igor Ryadchikov, the founder of AnyWalker Project. But it is not only about emotions. We passed the time there with great profit as we have found potential consumers as well as necessary technology to develop our project. The AnyWalker project offers a unique system of chassis and stabilization. At the exhibition we realized that as of today no robots can move similarly to what our technology can offer. All robots move in static equilibrium and their movements should be controlled by three operators. Every step, particularly in an unknown environment, takes from one to five minutes to complete. So, we have a real chance to take the lead in this area, says Ryadchikov.
Alexander Khanin (cloud service on facial recognition VisionLabs) also saw in Japan opportunities to reach for a new customer segment: "The iREX exhibition is important for our project primarily because it captures the segment of service and personal robotics The majority of robots on display do not have normal intelligence, and it is obvious that a leap forward requires new technologies which describe an event in front of the robot's camera robot in real time. The general impression is that a revolution in robotics will not be made by robots, but people, able to create artificial intelligence. "
Ivan Krechetov (bionic prosthetic hand KleiberHand) said that the exhibition was filled with bright emotional impressions "" Multi-arm welding robots at the booths of Yaskawa, Nachi and Kawasaki reminded of folklore monsters , and Fanuc robot fascinated us with power, grace and ease with which it raised a massive car"". Yet, as Krechetov noted, despite the fantastic surroundings in which Japan is customarily perceived as home to technologies unattainable for the rest of the world, he had the feeling that all these technologies are within reach of Russian robotics : " Whereas formerly the words "Japan", "robotics", "mechatronics" taken from publications and reports formed an image of other-worldliness, fantasy and ephemery, now that we have studied the expositions and communicated with the developer , a standalone viewpoint has been shaped and we can feel the materiality of the borderlines "
Alexey Yuzhakov (Promobot) said that the exhibition iREX 2015 gathered more than 750 projects: "It's nice to be aware that Promobot became a member of the first delegation on robotic innovations from Russia, which officially participated in iREX. We have become even more convinced that the path was chosen rightly. The exhibition revealed that the case on Promobot development is successful and we need to continue working on it so that a large number of companies can see our unique solutions. "
Gulnara Bikkulova, RVC board member and director of the Department of Innovative Markets, commented: "At the exhibition we saw that our Promobot has enough competitors. Nevertheless, the Russian robot is competitive in terms of cost and practicability given the number of developments, integrated into the project." The member of RVC Board also spoke about the main trends marked out in Tokyo: ""The concept under discussion now is called the Universal Society. The exhibitors are trying to figure out an answer to the question: how to quietly integrate robots into our lives without disturbing our lives. One of the options considered is the use of robots both in industry and everyday life. "
Eugene Pluzhnik, the vice-rector of the Moscow Institute of Technology and the operator of GenerationS Robotics direction, sums up the results of the Russian delegation's activities at iREX in the following way: the championship in robotic race will be won by those who focus on the combination of an electromechanical component and an electronic brain. "The idea of machines which can learn and even think should spread nationwide and it is the only way to win this race. Neurotechnology will become a key factor in teaching machines how to think and will lead to the emergence of intelligent machines, — stressed Pluzhnik. It is important to participate in all international events in order to monitor new trends in this area and stay ahead of them. Besides, it is essential to introduce more forward-looking programs for training our schoolchildren. They must be capable of moving away from standard routine of teaching the basics of robotics and allow our schoolchildren more space for creativity GenerationS-2015 is held in seven branch lines technology of modern power generation (Power & Energy), new technologies for the oil and gas industry (Oil & Gas), " smart " city and urban development technologies (SmartCity), Automation and Robotics (Robotics), technology in telecommunications (Telecom Idea), technologies for aerospace industry (Aerospace), medicine and biotechnology (Biotech Med).
In 2015, RVC re-structured GenerationS into a line of industrial corporate accelerators in order to help large companies to establish cooperation with small businesses.
GenerationS' corporate partners are: RusHydro Group, KES Holding, MOESK JSC, Fund Energy without borders, MTS PJSC, Sberbank-Technology CJSC, Saturn RPE, Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, MORTON GC, Russian Technical Society RPO, Tatneftekhiminvest Holding OJSC, Johnson & Johnson, Pharmcontract GC, Sibbiopharm PA. More than a hundred public organizations and commercial companies became GenerationS project's partners, including: Foundation for Assistance to Development of Small Research and Technology Enterprises, Russian Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Ministry of Agriculture, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, Rosmolodezh, Innovation Center of the Russian Olympic Committee, VTB24, MasterCard, Alpha Bank, Kamaflow, SAP, Cisco, IBM, Samsung, Microsoft, FinPRO, EFKO SC and many others.
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