SIRO : multi-purpose smartphone robot

Bonavision, Inc. presents the multipurpose transformable Smartphone Robot called SIRO (Intelligent Smart phone Robot) in ‘Robo World 2012’ held at KINTEX in Ilsan, Korea during 25~28, 2012.

SIRO has multiple functional features: entertainment through various games and smartphone apps, remote video calls, conversational telepresence, and the remote surveillance using vision based cognitive/recognizer with cloud computing.

 The robot has flexibility in design and configuration that allows the user to change the appearance of the robot via external body accessories. There are two forms of the robot for now: Car and Tank. It can be customized to user’s own forms by utilizing the additional accessories such as wheels, caterpillar, sensors, etc. Beside the sensors equipped in the smartphone, other sensors such as LED, Infrared/ultrasonic range sensors and cameras can be attached to the robot. The user can optionally select and purchase the sensors to develop their robots and applications in mind.

For the development of personal Smartphone robot, Bonavision not only provides Open API for mobile apps, but also has developed a VPL (Visual Programming Language)-based intelligent robot software platform (iRSP). The iRSP has been used in robotic education and its robotic platforms for the students in the ES/MS/HS as well as in college and robotic institutes as an effective software tool to understand and study robot programming.

iRSP has been developed by Bonavision, Inc. for the past 10 years as a part of the MKE (Ministry of Knowledge Economy) sponsored project: Intelligent Service Robot for daily human life, and managed by KIST’s Center for Intelligent Robotics. It is a service-based robot software platform with best integration and intelligence. It has been recognized as one of the best software platforms in the world for the development of intelligent robot systems.

Combined with the software platform iRSP, the smartphone robot SIRO also provides means for robotic education for students in all age groups who are interested in mobile robots.

The size of SIRO is 125 x175 x 165mm and the weight is 550g. The currently supporting OS is Android (version 2.3 or higher), and, iOS will be supported soon.

Personal robot is expected to hit the market later in 2013 and the price is 300,000 won. When the robot is used for educational purposes, the additional education software including the educational contents and simulators will be required to purchase.

“In conjunction with the latest cloud computing capability and the rich contents readily available in the smartphone online markets, the Smartphone Robot will not only to introduce entertainment but also to help developing creative thinking required for the rapidly diversifying Mobility Ecosystem.” said by Bovavision’s CEO, Michael Shim.

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[Jinwoo Ro @EGREEN NEWS ]