MANHASSET, NY National Instruments is collaborating with MobileRobots to help engineers rapidly deploy service robot applications. The collaboration is said to provide engineers a seamlessly integrated robotics development platform based on proven and robust technologies.
Engineers working on robotics applications often are challenged to assemble a solution from the myriad of software and hardware tools that offer niche functionality and limited or no integration with other platforms.
"Collaborations like the one between National Instruments and MobileRobots Inc are a clear demonstration of how LabView can provide that common architecture to help engineers simplify robotic design as well as integrate with other platforms for increased functionality," said John Pasquarette, vice president of product marketing for software at National Instruments, in a statement.
Using MobileRobots Inc's TCP/IP-based protocol, engineers can connect to MobileRobots platforms and program them with LabView to add custom capabilities such as speed and directional changes.
Engineers also can use the virtual interfaces to take advantage of the Mobile SimBank at the MobileRobots headquarters to remotely test their simulations for both single robot designs and more complex fleet applications to reduce disruption when the robots are installed in a factory or other location.
"The NI and MobileRobots Inc collaboration will benefit the service robot industry by slashing R&D costs for the vendor, lowering equipment costs for end users and making the return on investment from automation even greater," said MobileRobots Inc. CEO and Cofounder Jeanne Dietsch, who will be speaking at the NIWeek 2009 Robotics Summit to be held August 4 to 6 in Austin, Texas.