Swiss Robots at iREX 2013

Swiss Robots at iREX 2013

The International Robot Exhibition (iREX) celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo. This year’s exhibition promoted industrial robots, service robots and other related devices from November 6 to November 9. The aim of iREX is to contribute to the improvement of applied technologies and to promote the creation of robot markets.

Industrial technologies were presented by international Swiss companies such as ABB and maxon motor. At the Swiss Robotics Corner the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) and their partners  demonstrated recent cutting-edge development of new robots:

    • Coppeliarobotics and Cyberbotics are leading companies in mobile robot prototyping and simulation software. Coppeliarobotics presented V-REP the Swiss army knife among robot simulators with integrated development environment, based on a distributed control architecture. Webost7 from Cyberbotics is a development environment used to model, program and simulate mobile robots.
    • Force Dimension develops first-hand haptic technology and has earned international recognition for designing and manufacturing high precision haptic interfaces operating industrial and medical robotic systems.
    • F&P products focus on robotic arms, grippers, base positioning extensions as well as sensors, connectors and software.
    • GCtronic is active in the fields of electronics, robotics, mechatronics and computer science. At their booth the Wheelphone, Elisa-3 and E-Puck were buzzing around.
    • iniLabs invents, produces and sells neurotechnological products. The DVS128 was exhibited as a completely new way of doing machine vision. The Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS) works like a retina. Instead of sending entire images at fixed frame rates, only the local pixel-level changes caused by moving in a scene are transmitted, resulting in a stream of events at microsecond time resolution, equivalent to or better than conventional high-speed vision sensors running at thousands of frames per second.
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