Russian engineers have surprised Japan with their robots
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9 December 2015

Russian engineers have surprised Japan with their robots

Six GenerationS participants exhibited their projects in Tokyo at the largest international robotics exhibition iREX - INTERNATIONAL ROBOT EXHIBITION 2015.

This was the first time that a stand of GenerationS arranged by RVC and the Moscow Institute of Technology was in operation at iREX. Promobot company (winner of GenerationS 2014) and graduates of the accelerator in the Robotics field were presented at the stand: AnyWalker multifunctional chassis, KleiberHand bionic hand prosthesis, Face iS (VisionLabs) cloud service for face recognition, Aurora unmanned systems and NVR virtual reality helmet.

The IREX Exhibition has become one of the most significant international events in the world of robotics. "The mere fact that you deal with makes already a huge impression,” said Igor Ryadchikov, founder of the AnyWalker project. “But I received not only emotions, I spent my time with great benefit for our project - we found both potential consumers and technology necessary for project development". The AnyWalker project offers a unique chassis and stabilization system. “At the exhibition we realized that up to date none of the robots is able to move in such a way our technology offers. All robots move in static equilibrium mode, and to control their movements three operators need to be involved. Each step, especially in an unknown environment, takes from one to five minutes. Thus, we have a real chance to be the first in this area", pointed out Ryadchikov.

Alexander Khanin (VisionLabs face recognition cloud service) also saw in Japan the potential to reach a new customer segment: "The main advantages of iREX exhibition for our project is capturing and distribution of service and personal robotics on the segment. The overwhelming majority of robots presented at the exhibition do no have normal intelligence, and it is obvious that new technologies are needed for a qualitative breakthrough, technologies describing an event in front of the robot camera in real-time mode. As a whole, one gets the impression that a revolution in robotics will be made not by roboteers, but by the people able to create artificial intelligence."

Ivan Krechetov (KleiberHand bionic hand prosthesis) told that the exhibition was filled with bright emotional impressions: "Multiarmed welding robots on the stands of Yaskawa, Nachi and Kawasaki were like folklorik monsters, and Fanuc robot fascinated with power, gracefulness and an ease with which he lifted a massive car." At the same time Krechetov noted that in despite of the fantastic entourage and the habit to perceive Japan as a home unattainable for the world technologies of the future, he had a feeling that all of these technologies are attainable for the Russian roboteers: "While earlier in the past the words "Japan","Robotics","Mechatronics" came from the publications and reports and formed an image of something far away, fantastic, and ephemeral, now we are forming our own point of view and there is a sense of materiality and some borders which is a result of insight into the exhibit displays and communication with the developers."

Alex Yuzhakov (Promobot) told that iDEX 2015 gathered more than 750 projects: "It's nice to realize that Promobot became part of the first delegation of projects from innovative and robotics Russia, which took part in the official iREX. We came up more definitely with our understanding of the chosen way. The exhibition showed that the Promobot’s case for the development is successful and it needs to be developed while showing their unique solutions to a great number of companies."

Gulnara Bikkulova, Board member and Director of the Department of innovation markets at RVC commented: "During the exhibition, we saw that our Promobot has quite a lot of rivals, but in despite of this, the Russian robot is competitive in terms of cost and amount of developments integrated in the project." The member of the RVC Board also told about the main trends outlined in Tokyo: "The concept, which is being discussed now, is called the Universal Society. The participants of the exhibition are trying to find an answer to the question: what needs to be done so that the robots will be integrated into our lives and would help people every day and unnoticed. One considers an option to use robots at industrial plants, and in everyday life."

Evgeny Pluzhnik, vice-rector of the Moscow Institute of Technology, acting as an operator of Robotics GenerationS direction summed up the results of the participation of the Russian delegation in iREX and said that champions in a robotic race will be those who will place emphasis on electromechanical component in combination with an electronic brain. “Self-learning and to some extent thinking machines should become a national idea and only then a race can be won. Neurotechnologies will become crucial in machine learning and will lead to the emergence of thinking machines,” emphasized Pluzhnik. “We need to participate in all international events, capture trends in this field and get ahead of them. We should necessarily have at our disposal lookahead programs of student training – they should not be taught standard programs and basics of robotics, we should keep away of stereotyped training and give students a space for creativity".

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