Brain Corp, an AI company specializing in the development of self-driving technology for robots, announced that it is using NVIDIA Jetson for its latest initiative – an autonomous commercial vacuum cleaner from SoftBank Robotics.
Known as “Whiz,” the autonomous commercial vacuum cleaner will be powered by BrainOS, Brain Corp’s proprietary operating system. BrainOS provides the machines with autonomous navigation and data collection capabilities, all tied into a cloud-based reporting system. Designed specifically for use in commercial spaces such as retail and office environments, Whiz will be sold to the Japanese market starting in 2019.
At an NVIDIA press event in Santa Clara, CA, Brain Corp showcased the product and explained its ability to navigate crowded, complex environments. People can quickly train the robot by showing it an initial route, and then have it run on its own with the press of a single button. Whiz uses multiple sensors to scan its surroundings for people and obstacles, providing the industry’s highest level of safety and performance.
“The NVIDIA Jetson TX2 is a proven solution that can run modern AI algorithms at the edge, allowing us to deploy ‘brains for robots’ to commercial applications,” said Jean-Baptiste Passot, VP of AI and Platform for Brain Corp. “We look forward to enabling the robot revolution alongside leaders such as NVIDIA.”
“The goal of NVIDIA Jetson is to drive the next wave of intelligent machines with our innovative architecture. A world where humans and robots co-exist is now possible because of the state-of-the-art technologies that companies such as Brain Corp are developing to bring these products to life,” said Murali Gopalakrishna, head of product management of autonomous machines, NVIDIA.