Skilling up the Next Generation

In our previous blog post, we shared how various industries embraced automation as a solution to some of the major challenges today and will continue to impact more industries moving forward.

As the world gradually shifts towards Industry4.0, laborious manual jobs are being eliminated and people are getting re-trained and educated to adjust to these new technologies. Indeed, we have been noticing a growing trend of educational opportunities in local institutions driving interest towards specialized engineering fields. Earlier this year, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) announced the launch of a degree program- Engineering in Robotics Systems (RSE) that focuses on design and development of service fields robotics systems, a deliberate move that anticipates an increasing number of job opportunities within the robotics sector.

As more specialized curriculums are being developed to nurture roboticists for the future, we want to be part of this amazing opportunity to encourage the acceleration of robotics learning and up-skilling of the workforce. At Botsync Labs, our robots are built to be uniquely positioned as a resource to support the education, research, and development fields. With that purpose in mind, we have designed VOLTA to be a compact and flexible toolkit that facilitates ROS learning, teaching, and research.

Click to see how VOLTA is being used by Singapore Polytechnic

VOLTA is our indoor mobile platform with a plug-and-play architecture that makes it a great fit for hands-on learning. For teaching purposes, educators may opt for the Odriod XU4 and a RP Lidar A2, the simplest PC and sensor configuration of VOLTA to educate students on the basics of ROS and upgrade it later for higher levels of difficulty. With our detailed tutorials, open-sourced source code and software packages on our ROS Wiki page, VOLTA can be easily set up and customized for varying use-cases.

Simple (right) and advanced (left) PC/sensor configuration of VOLTA

The benefits and uses of VOLTA go way beyond learning in the classroom. It is a powerful robot with a sturdy hardware base, suitable for industrial research and development. In respective to your varying requirements, VOLTA is built with the flexibility that allows you to change PCs and sensors easily. Earlier this month, we introduced the Nvidia Jetson developer kit, a great PC option for users who want to engage in AI developments, and added a proximity package onto VOLTA to increase its object detection field.

Innovation is a continuous process and the core of our work. Here at Botsync, we constantly seek to improve our products to cater to more flexible developments. If you are curious about how our mobile robots can support your project, feel free to drop us an email at contact@botsync.co and we will be more than excited to support your robotics journey.

Published by botsyncblog

Botsync is a robotics startup that builds autonomous mobile robots to automate point to point goods movement process for the logistics and manufacturing industry. Simultaneously with our academic division, Botsync Labs, we actively support robotics research and re-skilling of the industrial workforce for Industry 4.0 by building research and learning robots and providing robotics training materials.

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