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CONCEPT

Adding AI robot concept to existing products Patin is a French word meaning “skate”. One of attracting points of robot should be the mobility. When we put robot with skating shoes like movement on existing products such as home appliance and furniture, then would it be possible to create something very new? Self-behavioral robot platform with AI (Artificial Intelligent) has been made by systematic configuration of this idea.

Patin is made of autonomously behaving AI and a platform with moving functions.
It is possible to give it various functions by connecting different service units.

For example, lighting or planting service unit can be connected.
Patin’s AI moves through observation and decision of surrounding environments, and behaves autonomously by collaborating with mounted lightings or properly responding to the request of plant care.

Totally new viewpoint will appear in a living scene, through the imagination of putting Patin on existing products, like “thinking illumination” and “thinking green” fitting in human behaviors. Such an “autonomous mobility of existing functions” is the concept ofPatin.

  • DEVELOPMENT

OBJECTIVE OF DEVELOPMENT

To lower the barriers for robot development and widely prevail home robot Patin is provided as an open-source platform equipped with an interface to connect service units on the autonomously movable body with AI. Third party companies can develop own idea of robotic products as service units of Patin that enables them to provide their products without hard work of AI development. Then, we can lower the barriers for them entering into the robotic product development.

By providing third-party developers with technical support like SDK and simulator, small developers such as a group or even an individual will become able to participate in the development through platforms. In an environment with mutual cooperation, many people can contribute to the promotion and dissemination of home robot.

Our objective of development is to promote the use of home robot helpful to human living by cultivating a new ground for robot development.

SYSTEM

SYSTEM CONFIGURATION

Patin consists of Patin main body, various service units, Patin pit, and cloud.
Various sensors (collision, thermal, depth, motion, and voice sensors), speaker, and mobility function by omni wheels are all equipped in a main body of Patin.
By offering SDK and simulator affinitive with Android application development environment, we provide such environments easier to participate for many software developers.
Patin pit has functions to charge Patin’s main body and communicate between Patin’s main body and Wi-Fi to send the information to cloud or receive up-date information from cloud to Patin. Cloud accumulates behavior and other information integrated from each Patin, and distributes up-date to improve the behavioral accuracy.

Specification / Attachment (Prototype)
Dimension:
Length:340mm / Width:330mm / Hight:193mm
OS:
Linux
Wheel:
Omni wheel
Motor:
DC motor
Battery:
Lithium ion battery
Main CPU Board:
Jetson TK1
Control Board:
Ardino board
Camera Sensor:
Depth camera
Thermal image camera
Monocular Camera
Drop prevention sensor
Obstacle detection sensor
Contact sensor
Cladding material:
glass filled nylon (powder molding)
Others:
Wi-Fi / USB / adapter
DESIGN

DESIGN

Basic design concept of Patin comes from “skating”.
Beautiful flat moving body drawing a smooth arc. Just a good size as a home robot. Structure for endurable connection with service units.
Considering the way of being as a platform without uncomfortable feelings in various scenes of human living, affinity between functions and environments have been carefully studied.
Omni wheels are used to realize a lean movement of Patin body.
This enables a multi-directional movement through cooperation of wheel body rotations (front and back motion) with barrel roller rotations along the wheel circumference (right and left motion).
In addition, as a behavioral feature of omni wheel, 360-degree rotation from the center of robot body becomes possible.
Patin has a round design (when looked down from above) for the best use of these characteristics.
The outline is a unified structure of circle and allocated wheels.
It also appeals its circulating characteristic of a ring with Patin body, service units and connected clouds.

RECRUIT

Internships Opportunities at Flower Robotics

Flower Robotics is accepting applications for three internship positions.

Period of internship: November 2014 - January 2015
(Extension of the period is possible.)

Location: Tokyo

Those who can come to the laboratory more than once a week and total working hours must be more than 20 hours.

Required skills are as follows.

1) Software developer of home robot

[Essential requirements]
- Master’s students or Master’s degree holder
- Knowledge about Linux basic command
- Experience of making application on Linux OS
- Have enough ability to read documents without any difficulty in English

[More favorable ]
- Development experience of C++, Python
- Experience of ROS development environment
- Experience of using Android application
- Experience of making software for microcomputer

2) Hardware developer of home robot

[Essential requirements]
- Knowledge about electronic and mechanical CAD
- Have enough ability to read programs and to improve the existing software
- Those who can come to the laboratory more than twice a week

[More favorable ]
- Experience of making robots
- Those who can bring the original robot at the interview

3) 3DCG Designer

Candidates who are interested in working for a robot design or product design related field
[Essential requirements]
- Ability to make data by 3DStudio or Rhinoceros
- Ability to make data for 3D printer

[More favorable ]
- Ability to make 3D model
- Knowledge about mechanical design


For those interested, please send you CV (please indicate which position you are applying for) to:
E-mail: patin@flower-robotics.com

NEWS

2015.10.24
Patin is being exhibited at TOKYO DESIGN WEEK which is held from October 24 to November 3 in Tokyo.
   

2015.10.01
An article about Patin was published in the November issue of FUJINGAHO.
   

2015.9.25
Tomoaki Yoshikai, who is a chief scientist of Flower Robotics, Inc. took the rostrum and talked about AI.
   

2015.9.25
Tomoaki Yoshikai, who is a chief scientist of Flower Robotics, Inc. took the rostrum and talked about AI.
   

2015.9.25
An article about Patin was published in GAKKEN MOOK, which a special issue on Consumer electronics.
   

2015.8.27
Matsui was interviewed for Electronic Device Industry News (27/8/2015)
   

2015.8.10
Tomoaki Yoshikai, chief scientist of Flower Robotics was interviewed for the September issue of I/O

2015.8.3
An article about Patin was published on 8/3/2015 in WEB Magazine Radio NIKKEI Biz & Tech Terminal RN2
リンク
(Japanese text only)

2015.8.1
An article about Patin was published in the September issue of Motor Magazine「FRONT TALK」

2015.7.31
An article about Patin was published in the Augst issue of Eizo joho Industrial

2015.6.23
An Article about Patin and Flower Fair2015 was published in some media(Japanese text only)
http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20150623_708397.html
http://monoist.atmarkit.co.jp/mn/articles/1506/23/news115.html
http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2015/06/23/512/
http://getnews.jp/archives/1014221
http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/NEWS/20150623/424621/?rt=nocnt
http://monoist.atmarkit.co.jp/mn/articles/1506/29/news055.html
http://thebridge.jp/2015/06/flower-robotics-patin

2015.5.3
An article about Patin was published on 5/3/2015 in Newswich.
https://newswitch.jp/p/481

2015.5.1
An article about Patin was published in the May 15th issue of Pen. (Japanese text only)

2015.2.16
An article about Patin was published in the March issue of Pen.
20150216_Pen_Matsui.pdf
(Japanese text only)

2015.2.12
An article about Patin was published in the February 12 issue of R25.

2015.2.2
An article about Patin was published on 2/2/2015 in WEB Magazine “MONOist”.
http://monoist.atmarkit.co.jp/mn/articles/1502/02/news026.html
(Japanese text only)

2015.1.20
An article about Patin was published in the January issue of Build your own Robi.

2015.1.19
An article about Patin was published in the February issue of NIKKEI ELECTRONICS.
(Japanese text only)

2015.1.15
An article about Patin was published in the February issue of Pen.
(Japanese text only)

2014.12.24
An article about Patin was published on 12/24/2014 in WEB Magazine “excite.ism”.
http://ism.excite.co.jp/digital/rid_E1418962726157/
(Japanese text only)

2014.12.4
An article about Patin was published in the January 2015 issue of “PROJECT DESIGN” by the Graduate School of Project Design.
(Japanese text only)

2014.11.21
An article about Patin was published on 11/21/2014 in blog.atmel.
http://blog.atmel.com/2014/11/21/this-robot-wants-to-add-ai-to-everyday-household-objects/

2014.11.17
An article about Patin was published on 11/17/2014 in IEEE SPECTRUM.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/home-robots/flower-robotics-patin-home-modular-robot?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IeeeSpectrum+%28IEEE+Spectrum%29

2014.11.12
Patin was introduced on a cover story of “Small and medium enterprises net magazine”.
(Japanese text only)

2014.11.1
An article about Patin was published in the December issue of AXIS.
(Japanese text only)

2014.10.30
An article about Patin was published in the November issue of NIKKEI MONOZUKURI.
(Japanese text only)

2014.10.27
An article about Patin was published on 10/27/2014 in Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.
(Japanese text only)

2014.10.14
An article about Patin was published in the November issue of ROBOCON MAGAZINE.
(Japanese text only)

2014.10.5
Matsui was interviewed for a cover story of THE NIKKEI MAGAZINE STYLE.
Patin was introduced in this article.

2014.10.3
An article about Patin was published on 10/3/2014 in WEB Magazine OPENERS.
http://openers.jp/interior_exterior/product/news_flower_robotics_48592.html?q=patin (Japanese text only)

2014.9.25
An article about Patin was published on 9/24/2014 in Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun

2014.9.24
An article about Patin press conference was published in MYNAVI NEWS
http://news.mynavi.jp/articles/2014/09/24/patin/
(Japanese text only)

2014.9.17
An article about Patin was published on 9/17/2014 in Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

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