Taipei, Taiwan – On March 21, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center updated their travel restrictions, severely limiting travel into and out of the country, especially for visitors and non-residents. While many countries around the world continue the fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, many economic activities have been forced to stop including business travel. In order to continue operations without the ability to meet in person, many businesses are turning to remote business solutions to communicate quickly and effectively. One such solution is the telepresence robot, which allows remote workers to have a physical presence beyond just teleconferencing. OhmniLabs specializes in robotics and telepresence technology, utilizing AAEON’s UP Board in their devices.
The Ohmni® telepresence robot is equipped with a 10” screen and 13 Megapixel (4208 x 3120) high-definition mini-camera, allowing users the ability to read remote lecture notes or whiteboards and zoom in or out at any time. Users can connect directly with a mobile phone or computer to operate a telepresence robot, enabling meetings with customers, tours or inspections of offices and facilities and communicate in real time as though they were actually there.
The Ohmni telepresence robot is also great for telemedicine or home care, especially when dealing with patients who may have come into contact with infectious diseases. Medical staff can operate the telepresence robot easily with their mobile phones, performing routine observations, preliminary inquiries, as well as share medical records with relevant staff in real-time. Telepresence robots allow medical staff to perform their duties without direct contact with the patient and can be easily cleaned and disinfected afterwards.
The UP IoT Development Board from AAEON is one of the most popular boards used by professional makers, with thousands of units sold. The UP Board has been deployed in a wide range of applications including robots, drones, machine-vision, intelligent home, education, transportation and IoT. OhmniLabs chose the UP Board because of its efficiency, flexibility and competitive price. UP Board is equipped with the Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8350 processor and I/O features including Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI and DSI/eDP. The expandability and compact size of UP Board makes it popular with embedded markets.
“The UP series of developer boards have continued to evolve, from the first-generation UP Board to the latest third-generation UP Xtreme powered by eighth-generation Intel® Core™ processors,” said Jeffrey Chuang of Director of AAEON’s IoT Division. “UP series products all support the AI Core X expansion module from AAEON featuring the Intel® Movidius® Myriad™ X. The AI Core X can be added to any board with a Mini-PCIe slot, quickly adding AI edge computing capabilities to almost any platform,” Jeffrey added.
On the topic of telepresence robots, Jeffrey also stated, “We look forward to continuing to work with OhmniLabs in further development and upgrading of their telepresence robots and expanding the application market. At present, we have been negotiating with several well-known companies and hospitals, and I believe, in the near future, telepresence robots will see more widespread use.”
OhmniLabs, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based robotics company focused on providing demand-driven robotics solutions for businesses. Founded in 2015 by robotics experts Jared Go, Tingxi Tan, and serial entrepreneur, Thuc Vu, graduates of Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. OhmniLabs’ mission is to accelerate robotics development and adoption through our proprietary end-to-end engineering - prototyping - additive manufacturing process. Our massive library of tech modules, cloud AI and robotics services, and innovative ultra-lean development and manufacturing processes allow us to innovate at an unmatched speed, cost, and margin compared to other robotics companies.
Our first flagship product, named the Ohmni® Telepresence Robot, aims to promote connectivity and collaboration across vast distances, and is being used in classrooms, hospitals, and offices in over 30 countries around the world.
Established in 1992, AAEON is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of professional intelligent IoT solutions. Committed to innovative engineering, AAEON provides reliable and high-quality computing platforms, including industrial motherboards and systems, industrial displays, rugged tablets, embedded controllers, network appliances and related accessories, as well as integrated solutions. AAEON also has the hardware and services for premier OEM/ODMs and system integrators worldwide. As an Associate Member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, AAEON offers customized end-to-end services from initial product conceptualization and board product development to mass manufacturing and after-sales service programs. For an introduction to AAEON’s expansive line of products and services, visit www.aaeon.com.