The Importance of Accessibility in Robotics

Partner Announcement
September 21, 2017

For too long the idea of implementing a robot within the workplace has seemed far-fetched for the many small business owners of the world. Whether it is concerns with affordability or issues with usability in the physical work environment, the idea of implementing a robot in the day-to-day has always seemed just a little out of reach. Until now.

At Stanley Robotics, we have embraced an “accessibility-first” approach to developing the next generation in autonomous mobile robots. Our team of robotics engineers have worked diligently to architect a turnkey autonomous mobile robot capable of making an immediate impact — no matter if it’s a manufacturing facility of a Fortune 500 company or a small warehouse in a family-owned business. 

Nowhere else is this idea of “accessibility” more evident than in our latest mobile robot — Vector. As a smaller version of our Flex OMNI platform, Vector is an industrial-strength, high-quality, omni-directional, fully autonomous, mobile robot. It offers the following four tenets of what we believe it means to be accessible in today’s robotics industry:

  1. User experience – Making technology accessible to everyone from an expert to a novice is key. Thanks to a uniquely pre-configured robot controller called Dispatcher, Vector is easy to use and intuitive — making it accessible to anyone regardless of their experience working with robotics.
  2. Affordability – It used to be that robots were out of reach for most companies due to their steep price tag. Today, robots like Vector are more financially accessible than ever before. And the ROI happens in months, instead of decades.
  3. Size and Shape – The idea of a massive robot roaming around your small production floor may seem a bit overwhelming. Small and powerful, no factory is too small for a mobile robot the size of Vector.
  4. Developer-friendly – One of the most time-consuming and laborious parts of a robotics project for developers is setting up the development environment and associated tool chain. With Stanley’s Dispatcher SDK,  both Vector and the IDE come preconfigured to work together, with the appropriate hardware and ROS configurations making it a truly turnkey mobile robot.

Each of the four key tenets of accessibility listed above are crucial to one another — meaning if you take one element away the idea of having an accessible robot is lost.

In an effort to showcase this accessibility, Stanley Robotics will be on hand at RoboBusiness at Booth #418 to demonstrate Vector. Attendees will see firsthand how intuitive Vector is to program using an Xbox controller, and also how impressive its navigation capabilities are.

We look forward to seeing you this September!