SyncBot educational mobile robot supports NVIDIA Xavier NX or Intel Tiger Lake controller – CNX Software

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Syncbotic Syncbot is a four-wheel autonomous mobile robot (AMR) platform for research and education that can be fitted with an NVIDIA Xavier NX or an Intel Apollo Lake/Tiger Lake-based controller running Ubuntu 20.04 operating system with ROS 2 framework, and comes with an motion control MCU board with an EtherCat master and running Zephyr OS.
The robot comes with four 400W TECO servo motors, can handle up to 80kg payloads for sensors and a robotic arm, features 12V and 24V power output for sensors, four USB 3.0 ports, and can also be equipped with an eight-camera kit with Intel RealSense and ToF cameras.
Syncbot AMR specifications:
That’s about all the information we have about the SyncBot robot itself, but you may find a few more details on the company’s website. The educational robot was brought to my attention through AAEON RBX-I2000 robot controller announcement, which Syncbotic sells as the SBC-T800 series. The new controller is powered by an Intel Tiger Lake UP3 Core i7/i5/i3/Celeron processor and features hardware-based time synchronization to improve sensor fusion on two connectors, with latency slashed from 100 to 200 uS by software to just 20ns.
The RBX-I2000 robot control also comes with 4-channel sync ports, each supporting two channels of 9600bps and 115200bps, which combined with the built-in Xsens MTi-670 9-axis IMU and the Movella Xsens RTK, enable centimeter-level positional data. It runs Windows 10 IoT Enterprise by default, but Linux is available upon request. More details may be found on the product page.
Besides being used in the SyncBot autonomous mobile robot for education and research, AAEON expects the RBX-I2000 to find its way into smart agriculture and mining applications. There’s no public pricing information for the robot or controller. But the latter should cost over one thousand dollars and a fully equipped robot well over $10,000 considering the NIRYO Ned robotic arm above goes for about 2,900 Euros alone.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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