Next-gen robotics platform enables quick prototyping

Next-gen robotics platform enables quick prototyping

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Electronics company TDK has announced the newest solution to its SmartRobotics product family.
By Rich Pell

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The TDK RoboKit1 next-generation robotic development platform enables quick prototyping and development for robotic developers, designers, and enthusiasts, by providing a robust hardware platform accompanied by full ROS1 and ROS2 compliant drivers and software algorithms. TDK RoboKit1 will be offered both as a stand-alone development platform as well as a full robot reference design.

“TDK’s vision is to promote problem-solving solutions that integrate technology from across the TDK companies,” says Peter Hartwell, CTO of InvenSense. “TDK RoboKit1 provides innovative hardware from multiple TDK group companies, but also provides full software stacks and algorithms that solve real robotics problems. This is truly a first of its kind and will help fast track robotics at any point during the development process, creating feature value that will set customers apart from their competition.”

The board will consist of a range of TDK technology, including a six-axis IMU, capacitive barometric pressure sensor, digital I²S microphone (x4), temperature sensor, embedded motor controller, and magnetometer. Depending on which version of the platform is purchased, the board will also be joined by the company’s industrial IMU sensor module via flex cables as well as a full robotic chassis and 3D printed casing, allowing all end customers to develop a fully functional robotic reference design.

Key features include:

  • Ultra-low noise and exceptional relative accuracy
  • Ultra-low power
  • Best gyroscope temperature stability
  • Obstacle detection for any color objects in all lighting conditions
  • Floor type and cliff detection using ultrasonic sensors
  • RoboVac algorithm using IMU data for heading computation
  • Robot Motor Control APIs
  • “Hi TDK” keyword spotting with noise filter and noise cancellation
  • ROS1 and ROS2 drivers for all on-board sensors
  • BLE enabled Windows and Android Apps for sensors and algorithms evaluation and data collection

The TDK RoboKit1 is available to order now through distribution channels worldwide. Availability for shipping is targeted for mid Q1 2022.

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