CES Innovation Awards: Robotics and Drones
The Consumer Electronics Show is an annual event, first held in 1967, that showcases next-generation developments in the field of consumer electronic products. Manufacturers, developers and suppliers from over 4,500 different companies attended the 2019 event, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, with more than 180,000 attendees.
Each year, the CES Innovation awards honor companies and products that have demonstrated outstanding feats of design and engineering. Event categories range from 3D Printing to Wearable Technologies to Cybersecurity to FItness, Sports and Biotech. Business Chief takes a look at five of the 16 honorees in the Robotics and Drones category.
Designed and manufactured by COWA ROBOT Inc, the ShopPal is a self-following shopping companion robot that tracks and assists the user when walking. COWA ROBOT already released a self-following robotic product in 2016 with an autonomous suitcase. ShopPal improves on previous designs with the addition of customized promotion alerts, mobile charging and social interactions designed to meet both entertaining and functional demands.
Intel Shooting Star Drone
A new addition to Intel’s range of UAV offerings, the Shooting Star Drone is purpose built to create multi-dimensional animations in the night sky. These drone light shows, which can involve upwards of 1,000 drones, can all be controlled by a single operator on a single computer. In 2018, intel used 2,018 Shooting Star drones to create the world’s biggest UAV light show in celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary.
Made by South Korean robotics company Naver Labs, AMBIDEX is a robotic arm designed for safe, functional human interaction. The system uses cable-driven mechanisms to effectively mimic human mobility traits.
Designed by former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski, the FT AViator system by Fluidity Technologies is an intuitive drone controller that “anyone whether they’re eight or eighty, can pick up and begin using immediately.” The system uses a unique single-handed design and independent 4-axis control, it simplifies and improves drone flying and image capture.
Designed by Chinese aircraft manufacturer, Yuneec International, the Mantis Q is the world’s first mass market drone that combines physical inputs and voice commands. Voice controls allow the user to power on, take a photo or begin recording video without letting go of the drone’s controls.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.