Robots plan movement 10,000 time faster


New processes can help robot plan movements up to 10,000 faster and save energy.

Developers at the Duke University have designed a motion planning processors, allowing robot arms to plan movements up to 10,000 faster than previous technologies.

Robots currently find it hard to adapt new movements, meaning action that have not been pre-engineered may take a longer time of computation.

The Duke University team have claimed that its new processor is fast enough to operate and plan actions in real time. The new processor is also power efficient, meaning it cam be used on large scale machines.

Motion planning has been studied for 30 years, researchers during this time have built processors to help with calculations, which perform thousands of collision checks in parallel.

It works by breaking down operating space into thousands of 3D volumes called voxel, then the algorithm determines if an object is present in one of the voxels contained within the pre-programmed paths.

This technology can check thousands of monition paths and then stitch together the shortest motion path possible using the “safe” options remaining.

Research has shown that high-performance, commodity graphics processors that consume 200 to 300 watts and still take hundreds of milliseconds to plan. They are currently at less than a millisecond and then 10 watts, meaning high power saving for manufacturers using robots.



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