With the promotion of the national development strategy of “made in China 2025”, the development process of industrial automation and robotics industry has accelerated. The rapid development of the industry has promoted the surge in talent demand. The manufacturing talent development planning guide jointly issued by the Ministry of education, the Ministry of human resources and social security, and the Ministry of industry and information technology predicts that by 2025, the talent gap in China’s robot related fields will reach 4.5 million.
In order to meet the needs of policy and industrial development, colleges and universities began to lay out the talent pool in Robotics Education and related majors, and opened “robotics Engineering”, “artificial intelligence” and other related majors one after another.
1、 Robot is the future golden rice bowl industry
With the popularity of industrial robots and the fourth industrial transfer, China’s industrial robot market has reached one-third of the global market. By 2021, it has ranked first in the global application market for the sixth consecutive year. It is understood that a vocational and technical college in Guangdong opened the major of robotics and industrial design a few years ago, which has been popular with major enterprises since its inception, and the student employment rate is as high as 99%.
The Ministry of Education recently announced the filing and approval results of undergraduate majors in Colleges and universities in 2021. Artificial intelligence, robot engineering and intelligent manufacturing engineering continue to become new hot majors in Colleges and universities. Zhejiang University has added “artificial intelligence” major. So far, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and other top five domestic well-known universities have opened “artificial intelligence” major.
2、 There is still a large demand gap for educational robots
Although the robot education in China is currently in the stage of rapid development and has a good development prospect, there is still a large demand gap for the common educational robots in the market.
Traditional industrial robots can not meet the needs of education, based on the following points.
First of all, the traditional robot is large in size and has a high threshold for use. It not only has space requirements, but also has harsh deployment conditions; Secondly, in terms of security, there are traditional security fence restrictions, which can not achieve real man-machine cooperation. Finally, the price is relatively high, and the cost for students to use research and learning equipment is relatively high.
Cooperative robot is one of the most representative and forward-looking subdivisions in the robot industry. Compared with traditional industrial robots, cooperative robots are small, lightweight, portable and can be deployed flexibly; In terms of safety, no safety fence is required, and lightweight design, sensors and other technologies are adopted to ensure personnel safety; In terms of price, you can buy a cost-effective cooperative robot for only a thousand yuan.
For robots applied in the field of education, cooperative robots are undoubtedly a good choice.
3、 New scenarios of landing education application
Elephant robot is a new high-tech enterprise in China focusing on robot R & D and production, platform software development and intelligent manufacturing services. Facing the opportunities and challenges of the domestic robot industry, the industrial manipulator technology was extended to the field of collaborative robots, highlighting the characteristics of “safety” and “human-computer interaction”. After accumulating some cases in the light industry, the technology was optimized for teaching and research scenarios, and the mycobot series of educational desktop level collaborative robots were launched, And with excellent quality and cost performance, the “domestic manipulator” will be introduced to the world.
As the company’s flagship product, mycobot series is a desktop level multi-functional cooperative robot launched by elephant robot for teenagers to learn Artificial Intelligence Programming. It can quickly build manipulator programming education, manipulator control logic development and ROS simulation experiment class; The use of rich programming interfaces and extended accessories, combined with practical new science courses, can meet the needs of AI scenarios such as object sorting, face recognition, image recognition, etc. Support python, c+++, Arduino, c\.
Elephant robot adheres to the road of “localization and localization”. Through independent research, development and innovation, it achieves the best of its products in the process of continuous iteration and upgrading, breaks the international barriers of the robot industry, reduces manufacturing costs, and realizes the overtaking of its own brand in curves. At present, elephant robot has sold more than 10000 series products in a number of countries and regions around the world. The institutions of use include Stanford University, University of Melbourne, University of Iowa, Hokkaido University, University of Tokyo, Tsinghua University, South China University of technology, Zhejiang University, Beijing University of technology, South China University of science and technology, etc., becoming one of the most successful “Chinese robot” brands in globalization.
In educational application, mycobot series products have obvious advantages.
① As flexible as a human hand
It is as flexible as a human hand. From a mechanical point of view, six high-performance servo actuators drive the reducer to drive the rotation of each joint axis, including rotation (s-axis), lower arm (l-axis), upper arm (U-axis), wrist rotation (R-axis), wrist swing (b-axis) and wrist rotation (T-axis), so as to realize the 6-DOF action in space. The circuit board and chip are embedded in the manipulator through self-developed algorithm, so as to realize the smooth operation of the manipulator.
② Student use safety
It is safe for students to use. It is an integrated structure design with all round corners, which wraps the exposed wires and complex circuits into the mechanical arm.
③ Lightweight deployment convenience
The lightweight deployment is convenient. Through the independently developed algorithm, software and hardware control and security assurance system, the traditional robot can be changed from a large one to a lightweight one and can be applied on the desktop to improve the safety of operation.
④ Secondary development of creativity
For the secondary creative development, various end effectors can be added to realize the secondary development of mobile phone auxiliary shooting, intelligent pickup, palletizing and sorting, and more application scenarios can be realized by carrying mobile chassis, AGV, robot dog, PTZ track, intelligent wheelchair, etc. on the base of the mechanical arm.
⑤ ROS bionic control
ROS simulation control support is developed by adopting the global mainstream robot communication framework ROS, and supports simulation. Mycobot control and algorithm verification are carried out in the virtual environment, which reduces the requirements for the experimental environment and improves the experimental efficiency.
⑥ Provide detailed courses
Detailed course materials are provided, including several basic chapters such as detailed robot knowledge, product development instructions, product development environment construction, product application cases, etc. in addition, the platform also regularly updates software, shares open source code, and provides more API and accessories adaptation
Elephant robot adheres to independent innovation, firmly develops with high quality, and promotes “made in China” to go overseas. An overseas university has used mycobot 280 to develop a “liquid dispensing robot” for liquid pharmaceuticals, which is used to prepare radioactive drugs. It can dispense liquid accurately and automatically without manual intervention. This experiment has attracted widespread attention overseas.
Overseas professors said that the mycobot 280 is used. Firstly, because of its high cost performance, it costs only 1000 yuan, which can reduce the use cost of student equipment; Secondly, because it is small and light, it is easy to disassemble and carry, and it is convenient to communicate with enterprises for practical scenario applications; Finally, the difficulty lies in the position accuracy ± 0.5mm, and the repeated positioning accuracy can meet the requirements.
He also said that it is of great significance for students to use the knowledge learned in school to apply it to life scenes. This can be used not only in hospitals, but also in disaster medical environments to prepare for handling potentially infectious hazardous substances.
Elephant robot is determined to build a robot brand of “made in China” and deeply cultivate in the field of education, strengthen school enterprise cooperation, promote the integration of production, learning and research, work with schools and educational institutions to solve the pain points of robot education in products and supporting facilities, accelerate the training and reserve of professionals such as robots, automation and artificial intelligence, and promote the deep integration, popularization and promotion of robot technology and education, Promote “made in China” to the world.
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