“Any-Tasks” Robotics Incrementally Made Possible by Actuating Innovation from Genesis Robotics

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March 03, 2017

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Genesis Robotics, a spin-off from engineering firm Genesis Advanced Technology, is rolling out what is presented as a breakthrough innovation

: The LiveDrive actuator is meant to disrupt existing actuation technologies widely used in robotics hardware, and eventually replace electric motors, gearboxes and drive belts, enabling exponential efficiency gains for existing solutions. More importantly, LiveDrive potentially opens up a completely new range of RIOS (Robotics & Intelligent Operational Systems) applications across vertical sectors.

Salients

  • An ambitious vision supported by promising technology: Genesis Robotics’ ambition is second to none in the industry as they aim to create a technology capable of accelerating the maturity of the RIOS industry from “adolescent” to truly ubiquitous and mainstream. In the process, LiveDrive threatens to surpass and replace a vast majority of existing actuator (electric motors, gearboxes, drive belts, etc.) technologies on the market with its capabilities.
  • Three-point focus: The company has focused on three main capabilities for LiveDrive that are integral to creating a groundbreaking actuator technology:
    • Genesis has exceeded the torque-to-weight of any known direct drive motor by more than 3X, and ongoing development suggests that LiveDrive will even exceed the torque-to-weight of the top motor gearbox actuators.
    • Built-in safety features, such as zero backlash, lower additional programming required.
    • Reduced cost for the base manufacturing of the device deemed to undercut competitor pricing at anywhere from 25 to 50 percent, not mentioning additional cost cutting from integration and fine tuning.
  • Vast applicability: The LiveDrive technology can either be in the form of a linear or circular device, which makes its integration particularly easy on top on removing the need for gearboxes or belts. This versatility has the potential to support a new array of robotics solution designs.

Analysis

  • Supporting RIOS market maturity: In an industry scenario update to be released by Myria Research, feedback compiled from a vast number of corporate decision-makers identifies the primary drivers behind the relatively low level of RIOS adoption among enterprise users to-date, including: Financial, Operational, and Organizational:
    • Financial: LiveDrive’s simplicity of integration and versatility could support solutions providers in lowering end user costs, in particular, but not exclusively in highly specialized application areas (e.g. medical, military, precise manufacturing, etc.).
    • Operational: While RIOS solutions often promise to simplify business processes or at least bundle in existing ones, they often fall short of fulfilling end user KPIs by actually slowing down, complicating or performing less reliably than older equipment or processes. LiveDrive could help providers mitigate these performance issues thanks to its robustness, speed and design versatility.
    • Organizational: To deploy current RIOS solutions at scale today, enterprises must be prepared to address the transformation and coordination required between organizational functions and existing technology layers: skill and talent shortage is already a challenge for the enterprise. By enabling the simplification of certain critical requirements (maintenance, deployment, interoperability, etc.), LiveDrive could, in fact, remarkably reduce the skills and talent barriers to adoption.

As of today, the ratio “Adoption versus RIOS industry development” is at its early stage: from an adoption perspective, most solutions are designed for specific usage and therefore solving unique operational hurdles: RIOS providers have a tendency to develop solutions “doing something old better” rather than actually “doing something new.”

From an industry development standpoint, this translates into a quite fragmented industry and a screaming need for true...

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