The idea of affordable, simple robot arms has been around for decades: as testified by the abundance of open-sourced, crowd-funded robot arm projects out there.
But barely any provide the reliability and robustness required for production use, and the ones that do firmly remain an expensive luxury, needing skilled users and cumbersome installation procedures.
We have rethought the design, the control software, and the entire process of installation and set-up from the ground up to change this. Fundamental reinventions in mechanics, electronics, software and control have made Eva affordable, safe and so simple that even an untrained user can get it up and running in under 15 minutes.
Our biggest accomplishments have been:
Gearboxes are the gatekeepers to affordability in robotics. The last major breakthrough in robotic gearing happened in 1957. Seriously.
All industrial robots rely on a select few types of gearboxes, and these are proprietary, patented and expensive. Rightfully so: they do the heavy lifting, make it precise, keep the noise down, and give the robots their speed, agility and fluidity.
But to break through this affordability barrier, we have had to build an affordable gearbox from scratch that is robust, reliable, and suitable for industrial grade use. And around this gearbox, we’ve fundamentally redesigned the entire servo assembly complete with bearings, electronics, motor, sensors and brakes to lower component costs even further, simplify assembly, reduce weight, and precisely control performance.
This hasn’t been easy and we have spent a majority of the last 2 years doing this, but we’re very proud of having achieved something that hasn’t happened in over 60 years.
Most industrial robots are heavy, powerful, need to operate behind safety barriers, and are off-limits to everyone but the experts. They’re intimidating, not friendly.
Eva is designed for human interaction. It’s designed to be friendly. Everything from the colors to the soft curves to the gaps between the moving elements places human interaction and safety at the centre. It can reach just as far as a human arm so it can fit in with people wherever they work: on workbenches, in labs, on workstations or assembly lines.
Manufacturing technology has not evolved well: the latest and greatest tech available today is at least a decade old: computers are still big and heavy, new hardware still requires specialists, weeks to configure and setup, and software still requires training.
We have the advantage of a fresh start. Our technology is designed around the way people work, instead of requiring people to be trained for our technology. Eva’s end is designed to be held and hand-guided, and buttons are ergonomically located for single handed operation. Simple tasks can be setup just by using the button interface and hand-guiding the robot, even without a computer. Our software platform - Choreograph - is designed to make using Eva a simple, seamless experience for any task: simple or complex.