Luxonis puts a powerful robotics lab in your pocket

Luxonis puts a powerful robotics lab in your pocket

The Colorado-based computer vision company has launched an open-source, hackable roaming robot called Ray that packs artificial intelligence processing, machine learning, depth-sensing cameras, app control and fun RGB lighting into a pint-sized package designed “for all ages, and every skill level.”

Founded in 2019, Luxonis has so far focused on developing high-resolution OAK camera systems with built-in depth sensing and AI processing. Now that the stereoscopic vision technology has been bundled into an open source bot called rae – which represents bots for everyone – and launched on Kickstarter.

“Ray represents our main goal at Luxonis: to make robotics accessible and easy for anyone, not just the permanent engineer with years of programming experience,” said the company’s CEO, Brandon Giles. “An old truth about robots is that the barrier to entry sometimes seems impossibly high, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By creating opinion, we want to help show the kinds of positive impacts robots can have in the lives of all people, whether It was as simple as helping you find your keys, talking to your American Sign Language friend, or playing with your kids.”

Two motorized wheels at the rear with encoders for precise positioning and the ability to roll over multiple surfaces, plus 40 RGB LEDs for custom light displays.

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The Robot rae measures 4.75 x 4.75 x 1.3 inches (120 x 120 x 32 mm) and weighs 14 ounces (400 g), and comes with two motorized wheels (with encoders) under its sturdy metal casing that balances two free-wheels forward. Despite its diminutive dimensions, it has been reported to be able to roll on multiple types of surfaces, including carpet, wood floors, tile, grass, and gravel.

RGB LED lighting runs around the rae’s bottom edge for some funky programmable visuals, and it’s equipped with a Sony IMX214 4K camera module on the front for HD video streaming as well as a user-programmable LCD screen via a companion app. Luxonis has also included its OAK stereo camera system in the form of two OV9782 front-facing sensors and two more around the rear.

The system combines machine learning and computer vision technology into a single unit, and features Robotic Vision Core 3 processing backed by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There’s also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on board, there’s a set of six microphones for voice interaction plus a built-in 1-W speaker, and the rae is powered by a 5,000mAh Li-Po battery for about an hour of use between charges.

It’s ready-to-use once charged and paired with a smartphone running the mobile app, allowing access to control functions, settings, and database, as well as apps cooked for gaming and problem-solving tasks and a host of functions such as object locating, room mapping, emotion recognition, and recording Interval and even sign language interpretation.

Inside the Rae's durable metal case are four depth-sensing camera modules, a 4K video camera, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a clock battery per charge, and a powerful vision processing unit.
Inside the Rae’s durable metal case are four depth-sensing camera modules, a 4K video camera, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, a clock battery per charge, and a powerful vision processing unit.

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ROS 2 comes pre-installed and configured to access its libraries and tools. Users can also create their own apps and models to get Ray to perform custom tasks, or equip the bot with additional hardware and accessories, and can access the company’s cloud platform for online learning, community collaboration, download/install user generated apps and more.

With two successful Kickstarters under its belt, Luxonis is back on the crowdfunding portal to fund rai production, with pledges currently starting at $399. If everything goes as planned with Already funded campaignShipping is expected to begin in June 2023. The video below contains more.

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source: Luxones


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