12 May 2017
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Through the Bind 4.0 program, ABB and Irisbond started their collaboration to develop the eye-tracking technology and its application to the control of robots. YuMi, the twin arms collaborative robot from ABB, was the perfect choice to start testing the vision control technology and its integration in the digital environment. On the other hand, the special characteristics of this robot allow a fully safe human interaction with the machine.
The solution is based in the “webtracker” software that enables the control of computers with movements of the gaze supervised via a webcam. This system uses sophisticated algorithms based on the position of the face and of the eyes, with the aim of enabling the users to interact with the robot and control it in a natural way.
This research opens up a new field of possibilities for industrial robotic applications, particularly in collaborative human-robot interactions, including new opportunities for disabled people to access the labor market. ABB and Irisbond are committed to continue their collaboration during the following months in this promising project.
Irisbond’s mission is to drive the natural communication with the environment using gaze gestures, contributing to overcome the limitations of impaired people and improving the experience of usability. Irisbond is focused on the development of systems based on the eye-tracking technology, applied to a variety of sectors including accessibility, industrial integration of scientific applications. www.irisbond.com
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. www.abb.com
About Bind 4.0
BIND 4.0 is an innovative international acceleration program led by the Basque Government and the main industrial companies present in Euskadi. BIND 4.0 is addressed to new technological companies that develop industrial solutions. BIND 4.0 enables the development of a customer-supplier relationship with companies like Mercedes Benz, ABB, CAF or Michelin, apart from a comprehensive support program.
In the first edition there were e total of 257 participating companies of 41 countries. From these, 11 start-ups were selected to develop a total of 16 projects jointly with the large industrial companies.
The call for the second edition of the Program will take off next July.
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