Inside Swiss Robotics
Here are some Swiss robotics companies that attended previous editions of the Swiss Robotics Industry Day.
Autonomyo’s aim and vision is to provide an enhanced quality of life and autonomy for people suffering from gait impairments. Because of neuromuscular diseases, injuries, surgery or ageing, a large population is in the need of assistive devices. Autonomyo’s solution is a slim and lightweight lower limb exoskeleton with unparalleled degrees of freedom that promotes daily activities from level walking to stair climbing through standing up from a chair while augmenting the balance of the user. Our hope is to provide confidence, sociability and capacity to work for impaired people through a highly technological but affordable technology.
BlueBotics SA is a spin-off company of the Autonomous Systems Lab, EPFL. Founded in 2001 with the mission to market innovative and promising mobile robotics technologies, the company is now active in two segments: Industrial automation and service robotics. BlueBotics’ core business is the navigation
market, where the company proposes ANT®, its innovative navigation solution. The company proposes R&D services with standard platforms, feasibility studies, custom designs and dedicated developments. The strategy of BlueBotics is to find strong partners, develop innovative service robotics applications with high added value, and have the partners distributing the product embedding BlueBotics’ solutions on their own markets. BlueBotics SA aims to become world leader in autonomous navigation with the mission to enable the mobility of vehicles for the automation in the professional use market.
Coppelia Robotics GmbH is a Swiss company active in the field of robotics simulation. Its flagship product V-REP is a powerful robot simulation platform used for fast algorithm development, factory automation simulations, fast prototyping and verification, robotics related education, remote monitoring and safety double-checking.
F&P Personal Robotics
P-Rob® for Intuitive & Safe Collaboration
F&P Personal Robotics, headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), is a pioneer in the field of human-robot interactions. We develop and build the most accepted collaborative robots for industrial and personal service applications. Swiss made.
F&P provides all-in-one robotic solutions leveraging expertise in arm and effector technologies as well as artificial intelligence. The cutting edge software platform myP powers our safe robot arms and sensor-equipped grippers. The combination of software and hardware capabilities enables great flexibility and customer-specific solutions.
Flyability in a Swiss company building safe drones for indoors operation, in complex and confined spaces, and in contact with people. By allowing drones to be used safely inside cities, inside buildings, and in contact with people, we enable new interactions and services with UAVs, solving the two most critical issues of one of the fastest growing industries: damage and injury risks associated with collisions
Force Dimension is a Swiss company that specialises in advanced force-feedback (haptic) technology. Established in 2001, Force Dimension develops and supplies dedicated haptic hardware and software solutions for both commercial and research applications. The company also provides technology integration assistance and technical support to its partners and customers worldwide. Through industrial partnerships and licensing agreements, Force Dimension haptics technology is used in a wide range of products, including consumer electronics (Novint Falcon), surgical robotics (Hansen Medical Sensei Robotic System), medical simulation (Medaphor Trans-Abdominal Ultrasound Simulator) and industrial teleoperation (Vulcan Engineering Tactile System VTS).
An easy to use Servomotor
Its simple stylish and intuitively unique in its handling. Control the HDrive with only a few lines of code in your favourite programming language or simply use the rich web interface to command a new target position. A position accuracy of +/- 0.2° and a stall torque of 0.5 Nm makes this motor to your best friend. Interface the IoT enabled motor with high speed Ethernet or a fully customisable Step/Dir Interface.
Intento SA is an EPFL spin-off developing a solution for the rehabilitation of stroke patients with paralysis. Every year 17 million people suffer a stroke, causing in 30 percent of the cases a severe, permanent paralysis on one half of the body. To date, there are no effective solutions for the rehabilitation of the upper limbs. Intento’s system, based on non-invasive electrical stimulation, has shown in a recently concluded clinical study to promote high functional recovery, as high as in 80% of the tested patients.
Intento earned multiple awards including the prestigious Swiss Medtech Award 2016 and was ranked in the TOP 100 Swiss Startups 2016.
MagnebotiX develops and produces magnetic manipulation systems for the precise control of magnetic microagents. The patented field generator drives research in nanorobotics and biology, and finds applications in handling delicate objects at the microscale.
MagnebotiX was formed in Q2 2014 as a spinoff of the Multiscale Robotics Laboratory (MSRL) of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent System (ETH Zurich). Our team of researchers and engineers in Zurich develops and produces magnetic manipulation systems, including magnetic field generators and micromagnetic agents, for both fundamental and applied research. Taking advantage of the transmission of both power and guidance through applied magnetic fields, our systems provide wireless tools to accomplish challenging micromanipulation tasks. They are also used as untethered mechanical probes in otherwise inaccessible places and for targeted cargo delivery in minimally invasive biological studies.
Our magnetic field generator: Developed at MSRL, the solenoid-based MFG system is capable of generating a wide variety of static or time-varying magnetic fields. Any combination of magnetic fields and field gradients can be produced at frequencies up to several hundred Hertz. With appropriate microagents the MFG-100 can produce forces or torques with 5 degrees-of -freedom, or activate locomotion modes as diverse as field gradient response, stick -slip or rolling motions, and flagellar swimming.
We also produce the RodBot, a wireless, mobile, rod-shaped microrobot that is guided and powered by an externally applied magnetic field. When it rolls in a low Reynolds number environment it generates fluid flow with a rising component ahead and a travelling vortex above itself. Using this flow pattern RodBots can select and transport micro-objects in a completely non-contact manner – the RodBot moves the liquid environment, and the object follows the flow. One application is for the harvesting of delicate protein crystals, where the RodBot technology increases the success rate and allows automation.
Perspective Robotics AG is a Zurich based company which creates cutting edge technological tools to enable new forms of visual storytelling. We are a team of enthusiastic roboticists and engineers, building a socially responsible way to capture aerial perspectives. The core algorithms of our products were developed and refined over the course of three years of PhD work at the Flying Machine Arena at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Automating the non-standard
ROB Technologies develops software solutions that enables our customers to adapt their robotic systems and processes easily and quickly to new production tasks, without any programming knowledge.
This allows an efficient operation of industrial service robots in the field of non-standard individual fabrication of high-quality products, as well as the automated production of small batch sizes.
Depending on the application robots can be controlled 1) directly via pre-existing CAD-data, 2) via a graphical user interface, or 3) via direct manual manipulation.
Through this approach, individual and specific process know-how of the operator can be integrated directly into the automatic fabrication process.
Our Technology can be applied to wide range of different fabrication scales. Our solutions encompass deburring and chamfering of parts, application of gluing paths, but also large scale robotic construction, like the assembly of individual timber wall modules or the robotic assembly of non-standard brick façade elements.
SensArs Neuroprosthetics is a spin-off from EPFL (Switzerland) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy), founded by Francesco Petrini, Stanisa Raspopovic and Silvestro Micera. The company mission is to restore sensory, motor and physiological functionalities of people with amputation or malfunctioning of the peripheral nervous system. SensArs’ product is SENSY, a unique worldwide device for restoring sensory feedback by stimulating the human peripheral nervous system. It comprises implantable intraneural electrodes, implantable stimulator, external controller and sensorised sole.
The sensorised sole sends the tactile information from the foot to the external controller, which transduces it in stimulation instructions received by the implantable stimulator to inject current in the peripheral nerves by means of the intraneural electrodes.
SENSY IP is covered by two pending patents.
The working principle of SENSY has been tested on three upper limb amputees. Currently, SensArs is focusing on proving the working principle of the device on lower limb amputees, which represent the first addressable market for the company. A clinical trial with lower limb amputees will start soon.
Once SENSY is on the market, lower limb amputees will contact their medical doctor to evaluate the possibility of receiving our product.
At senseFly we develop and produce aerial imaging drones for professional applications.
Safe, ultra-light and easy to use, these highly automated data collection tools are employed by customers around the world in fields such as surveying, agriculture, GIS, industrial inspection, mining and humanitarian aid.
senseFly was founded in 2009 by a team of robotics researchers and quickly became the industry leader in mapping drones. Today we continue to lead the way in developing situationally aware systems that help professionals make better decisions.
senseFly is the commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group, the world leader in consumer drones.