Australian owned Ocular Robotics designs, manufactures and markets the world’s most dynamic sensor platform – RobotEye.
The platform simultaneously provides the very high speeds and precise registration of sensor data that is required to significantly increase operational performance and efficiency for systems that rely on sensors.
Suitable for use in markets as diverse as robotics and automation, security and surveillance, aerospace and defence, mining and resources, and industry and agriculture, RobotEye can also be deployed on land, in the air and at sea.
Its unique ability to guide light to any sensor allows the sensor itself and much of the rest of the mass normally associated with directing the view of a sensor to remain completely stationary.
A key outcome of this architecture is that regardless of the size and weight of a sensor, RobotEye can direct its view about multiple axes at ultra-high speeds while also maintaining excellent precision, to remove considerations of a sensors’ physical properties in relation to how dynamically it can be pointed.
RobotEye’s optical configurability allows sensors covering the full light range from ultra-violet, through the visible, infra-red and beyond, to be used to acquire data from a system’s environment in a flexible, fast and precise way.
The technology’s ability to move the view of a sensor at extremely high speeds plus know with high precision where in the environment a sensor’s data (including image, 3D point, spectral array) derives from, is a key enabling capability for many robotics, automation, security and defence applications.
Other advantages flowing from the RobotEye system architecture are high immunity to shock and vibration, size, weight and power (SWAP) advantages, and simplified environmental protection.
Highly flexible, RobotEye can be adapted to take different forms and sizes, from thumb size for wearable and small robotic and unmanned systems to large units for pointing sensors with apertures of 200mm.
Other characteristics can also be accommodated within the RobotEye system architecture including different materials, optical characteristics and requirements for different operating environments.
For complex automation and AI tasks, RobotEye provides two important capabilities:
The ability to deliver well registered, high resolution data from key areas of interest while still covering a wide area. This solves the resolution limitation of alternative approaches, which can mean the difference between success and failure.
Rapid capture of precisely co-registered heterogenous sensor data. A sensor fusion approach can often significantly simplify the pathway to a solution where an over reliance on vision alone proves unreliable or intractable.
Ocular Robotics currently has product categories in vision, 3D LiDAR, thermal and hyperspectral. The company also tailors its systems to meet specific customer application requirements.
Recent projects leveraging the special capabilities delivered by RobotEye include:
Static and mobile counter drone systems taking advantage of RobotEye’s ability to simultaneously track several drones at significant range in both visible and thermal bands. The low cost of launching a swarm attack using small consumer level drones makes this a necessary capability for both civil and military drone protection systems.
Adaptable 3D scanning enabled by the dynamic control and high-resolution region scanning capability of RobotEye 3D LiDAR scanners, made the automation of road tunnel excavation in Japan feasible.
Low latency, nausea free telepresence and teleoperation take advantage of the RobotEye’s dynamic responsiveness to maintain low lag pointing of the remote vision sensor in response to motion of the operator’s head.
The stabilisation of a camera system against the motion of the platform on which it is mounted to deliver stable, blur free imagery of the desired location is highly desirable for surveillance from mobile platforms and unmanned and autonomous systems. This marine stabilisation example shows a RobotEye vision system stabilising on a RHIB in very challenging sea conditions.
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