Panasonic has developed a 3D lidar – light detection and radar – sensor that it says accurately measures the direction of and distance to objects with a wide angle of view, which is critical for autonomous operation of mobile robots.
Employing Panasonic’s propriety laser-scanning technology, the 3D lidar is capable of scanning the laser as wide as up to 60 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally to achieve stable operation of autonomous robots.
New sensors have lower NETD, high accuracy and increased detection distance, says Panasonic
Panasonic has released the much improved and accurate second generation of its Grid-EYE infrared array sensors.
The new high gain types (AMG8833 and AMG8834) and low gain types (AMG8853 and AMG8854) of Grid-Eye 2nd Generation now benefit from an improved Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference (NETD) of 0.16°C at 10Hz and of 0.05°C at 1 Hz.
Panasonic has launched the PA-N Relay suitable for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) used in industrial equipment.
Panasonic says the PA-N Relay will help PLC manufacturers to develop products that meet new safety standards, adding that the new relay “will contribute to improved safety and reliability of industrial equipment”.
Company launches exoskeletons and personal care robots, and calls for ‘smiling faces and laughter’ from old people
Panasonic has shown off a range of newly developed exoskeletons and personal care robots. Some are designed to be worn by industrial workers to help them lift objects with less effort. Others are programmed to make old people laugh, says the company.
The “power assist suits”, as the company calls them, were developed by Activelink, one of Panasonic’s in-house venture companies, and are aimed at industrial workers.