Motoman Robotics and Universal Robotics Unveil New 3D Vision Solution at Automate 2011

NASHVILLE, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Mar 21, 2011 -- MotoSight™ 3D Spatial Vision, an innovative 3D vision system, delivers cost-effective, flexible and scalable real-time 3D vision guidance for Motoman® robots. It is ideally suited to enhance part picking, box moving and automated kitting.

"MotoSight 3D Spatial Vision is a great step forward in 3D vision guidance for industrial robots," said Roger Christian, Vice President Marketing and International Groups at Motoman Robotics. "Powered by Universal Robotics' Spatial Vision™ Robotics software, we are now able to offer 3D vision guidance at 2D prices that can be customized to a user's needs. We are excited to partner with Universal Robotics to bring this solution to market."

Easier to set up than traditional 3D systems, MotoSight 3D features an alignment wizard that walks the user through a simple process of calibrating the cameras and robot, and then loading standard CAD files of parts the system should track. The calibration files can interface to C, C++ or MATLAB robotic real-time control programs.

MotoSight 3D Spatial Vision uses world-class pattern matching to determine true 3D for six degrees (X, Y, Z, Rx, Ry, Rz) of position and pose information. It offers guided intrinsic (camera/camera) and extrinsic (camera/robot) calibration.

MotoSight 3D Spatial Vision provides 2-4 mm accuracy at typical robot working distance using off-the-shelf Logitech 9000 webcams. GigE cameras can be used to improve accuracy. MotoSight 3D Spatial Vision's accuracy is achieved through advanced vision processing of raw images for image rectification, Laplacian of Gaussian and dense stereopsis for full-frame depth maps.

"The 3D vision market has long struggled with very expensive systems that require specialized equipment and are difficult to install, scale or customize," said David Peters, CEO of Universal Robotics. "With our Spatial Vision Robotics software, Universal Robotics created a unique solution to these challenges: an accurate and easy-to-install 3D vision system that uses off-the-shelf cameras and costs a fraction of traditional systems. Together with Motoman, we have created a 3D guidance system for industrial robots that enhances several facets of materials handling."

About Universal Robotics
Universal Robotics creates software that enables machines to learn from their experiences, react and adapt to their surroundings, and perform tasks that are costly, dangerous or difficult for humans to undertake. The company's signature technology, Neocortex™, which was developed over seven years at NASA and Vanderbilt University, will increase efficiency and worker safety across industries in applications including warehousing, mining, handling hazardous waste and automating vehicles such as forklifts. www.universalrobotics.com.

About Motoman Robotics
Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. has grown to become the second largest robotics company in the Americas with an installed based of more than 30,000 units. Its products include robotic automation solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application, including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal and spot welding operations. For more information please visit our website at www.motoman.com.





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