Accelerating Robotics Development Through Software-Hardware Optimization

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By David Lobina | 4Q 2021 | IN-6320


Robotics and Hardware Acceleration


One of the aims of the robotics industry is to develop robots that can take over many of the menial and often-unsafe tasks humans would rather not do. This requires developing autonomous robots, which is often easier said than done. Part of the problem is intrinsic to robot design. As a system of systems involving sensors, actuators, and processing units, a robot presents a rather complex and time-consuming case of system integration. A robot, after all, is a highly specialized system in which the relationship between software and hardware is critical. And, considering that the field of robotics is rather software-centric and as such roboticists are not hardware engineers, it is perhaps unsurprising that development has sometimes been slow. A recent tide of well-established industrial companies applying open standards to accelerate hardware development aims to change this.


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