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Smart Industry 1/2018

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Smart solutions Smart Products Smart Products NIU Smart scooters In the world of electric vehicles Chinese startup NIU believes that four wheels may be good but two wheels are better. At the 75th anniversary of the Eicma Motorcycle Show in Milan, the company unveiled four smart e-scooters to tempt urbanites over to their eco-friendly vehicles. Powered by Bosch electric motors, all but the budget U-Pro scooter have a range of over 130 km from a single charge and the Li-ion batteries are removable to allow them to be recharged in the home or office, so there’s no need to hunt around for an empty charging bay for parking. Top of the new range is the Project X with a maximum speed of 120 km/h and a range of 160 km. Next comes the N-GTX (100 km/h, 180 km), the N-GT model (80 km/h, range130 km), and the U-Pro (45 km/h, 70 km) with its ultra-minimalist design. All models will be available on the European market in 2018. “We have designed these two new models GTX and GT to meet the expectations of people looking for a more powerful and sustainable experience. They have been designed for speed, endurance, and power with an attractive design and faster acceleration,” says Token Hu, cofounder of NIU (pictured). The U-Pro scooter was designed to be ideal for everyday commuting in urban areas. It reaches its maximum speed of 45 km/h in a few seconds and the removable battery recharges in seven hours. It will be available in Europe from April 2018. “We are excited about Project X because it forced us to reimagine battery and motor design in order to meet the demands of speed and range, and we think we will convert a lot of skeptical petrol moto-scooter riders to electric because of a smart price matched with this level of performance,” Hu adds. The onboard telematics run Android OS and feature a touchscreen display. This connects to the NIU E-Scooter app, which contains a maintenance manual and usage records, and alerts the user about the battery level and any malfunction that may occur. It can also report if the scooter is moved without permission and has integrated GPS tracking to locate a lost or stolen bike. Kérastase The future of hair care Nokia has developed the world’s first smart hairbrush to enable people to track and improve hair health over time. Hair Coach results from a collaboration between Kérastase and L’Oréal, who bring extensive hair expertise, with Nokia providing the essential state of the art sensors and app connectivity. The resulting innovation is a brush that syncs seamlessly to smartphones to provide valuable insights that could radically change the home beauty care regime. The brush detects when it is being used and begins data collection automatically. After each brushing session, all data is sent automatically to a connected phone via Bluetooth Low Energy or Wi-Fi. Even without this tech twist, Hair Coach is a high class brush featuring a sleek, lightweight handle and a high density head of boar & nylon bristles. The built in sensors deliver a complete hair diagnosis without any additional effort and the statistics allow users to follow their hair health progress over time The smartphone app also provides hints for a personalized care routine and curated tips from Kérastase. 90

Motorola Motorola Sphere Bluetooth speaker with integrated headset The Sphere 2-in-1 Bluetooth stereo speaker from Motorola delivers music remotely in full, bright, HD audio through speakers or headphones. It has an ergonomic 360-degree silhouette and 2 × 8W bassporting speakers to deliver a natural sound experience. It connects wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, or other audio-enabled Bluetooth devices. Users can choose to use either the stereo speaker or the headphones when they want to listen privately. A built-in microphone allows phone calls to be answered through the speaker system. Sphere makes it easy to listen to music anywhere: in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or garden. The play time of the headphone is 22 hours and the speaker can be used as a charging dock for other devices. Ubtech A pet robot for every home Ubtech claims its Lynx with Amazon Alexa is the first humanoid robot to offer a truly humanlike experience. The exclusive alliance means that Amazon’s cloudbased voice service gets a physical presence rather than being a disembodied voice in a can (see Robot 2020 p54). With voice commands, the 50 cm tall Lynx can dance, sing, take photos, act as an exercise coach, and even provide yoga lessons. It features voice, face, and presence recognition as well as Surveillance and Avatar modes. A built-in passive infrared (PIR) sensor allows Lynx to detect movement within a room and record and send a 30-second video clip to a smartphone. This means Surveillance mode can alert an owner to any unusual home events occurring when away from home. In Avatar mode the owner can access Lynx’s video and motion through a phone app to “join” events such as a missed family birthday, or, as incoming calls can be routed through Lynx, a chat with the boss can be given an amusing edge. The Alexa link allows the robot to respond to voice commands or queries and it can play selections from Amazon Music or receive iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and other services. You can also find and order items from Amazon. So, if you want a companion for Lynx, you just have to say and it can order it for you at a price of €800 … SIAR Sending robots down the drain The Sewer Inspection Autonomous Robot (SIAR) project is developing an autonomous ground robot that is able to examine sewage systems with minimal human intervention. If the going gets tough, the vehicle and its onboard sensors can be controlled manually. The SIAR consortium comprises three partners: IDMind, a Portuguese SME specializing in robotics, with the Spanish universities of Seville and its near neighbor Pablo de Olavide. The project is being developed under the ECHORD++ initiative of the Public End-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) scheme, which encourages SMEs to develop robotics technology according to the needs of public bodies. The aim is to develop a solution that improves the efficiency and range of the inspection service while reducing associated risks. Evaluation experiments are running regularly in the sewers of Barcelona, Spain. Local support is provided by Barcelona Cicle de l’Aigua – the managers of the sewer network. Currently, the tests are based on IDMind’s RaposaNG robot but a new vehicle will be built based on the experience gained. This robust IP67 robot frame will be designed to work in the hardest environmental conditions, with increased power autonomy. It will also feature broader inspection capabilities, better communications, plus autonomous navigation and inspection functions to give improved cost-effectiveness. Toyota Motor Toyota’s third-generation humanoid robot Toyota Motor has revealed a new robot named T-HR3, which is billed as an evolution of a previous generation of instrumentplaying humanoid robots which were created to test the precise positioning of joints and replay of preprogrammed movements. T-HR3 is more practical and can safely assist humans in different settings: in the home, in medical facilities, on construction sites, in disaster areas – or even in outer space. “The Partner Robot team members are committed to using the technology in T-HR3 to develop friendly and helpful robots that coexist with humans and assist them in their daily lives. Looking ahead, the core technologies developed for this platform will help inform and advance future development of robots to provide ever-better mobility for all,” said Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of the Partner Robot Division. T-HR3 is manipulated by an operator perched in the Master Maneuvering System and kitted out in a wearable control outfit that maps hand, arm, and foot movements to the robot, allowing the entire body of the robot to be operated instinctively. A head-mounted display, similar to a VR headset, allows the user to see from the robot’s perspective. The system’s master arms give the operator full control of the robot’s corresponding joints, down to the fingertips, and the “master foot” allows the robot to be moved forward, back, or laterally by the stationary operator “walking in place” in the control chair. A self-interference prevention system ensures that the robot and user do not disrupt each other’s movements. Onboard T-HR3 motors, reduction gears, and torque sensors, developed in collaboration with Tamagawa Seiki and Nidec Copal Electronics, add precision to each joint’s movements. These modules translate the operator’s actions directly to the robot’s body parts from the Master Maneuvering System’s 16 control systems – the result is a smooth, synchronized user experience. The Torque Servo Module is the key to enabling T-HR3’s core capabilities: • Flexible joint control, to control the force of contact with individuals or objects in the environment • Whole-body coordination and balance control, to maintain balance after collisions • Remote maneuvering, to give users seamless and intuitive control over the robot T-HR3 was first shown to the public in November at the International Robot Exhibition 2017. 91