Conventionally, each robot required a program to calculate the forward kinematics for each task, which always took a long period of time to develop, but Mujin’s kinematics calculation library is able to create an optimal program for calculating reverse kinematics equations for every robot considering all the edge cases. At this point, it has the distinction of being used by more than 1000 robots throughout the world.
In the real world, a teachless robot is not good enough if it is merely able to move. To be useful, it must reach its destination while considering the obstacles, joint limits, singularities and dynamics that are always present in the real world. Manual teaching work, which involved manually moving a robot while recording its trajectory, is not required when using Mujin technology.
Before now, robots could not move without teaching (programming); on the contrary, a robot would, by definition, faithfully repeat whatever it was taught.
Compared to these robots that could not move unless taught, robots equipped with Mujin’s teachless technology, the motion planning can think through movements themselves. This ability comes natural to human beings, so we will explain why it is a big step.
Movement is one of the variety of things that we humans think of as ordinary, but actually requires us to do very sophisticated processing.
For example, imagine that I ask you to pick up a cup in front of you. Of course, you are able to grab the cup. Even if there was a different cup in front of it, you would be able to avoid that cup and grab the correct one.
But when you grabbed the cup, do you remember how you moved your arm to reach for it? Raise your shoulder joint by 20 degrees, lower the elbow by 30 degrees, hold that pose while moving forward 20 centimeters, grab! There’s really no need to think about it. Movement is done completely unconsciously, with no thought at all. Humans just need to see the target; essentially, if they know the destination, their bodies will unconsciously move towards it.
However, robots are different. Basically, robots cannot move without prior instructions. To further the analogy, if it sees a cup, even if you specify the target location, it will not be able to move there unless motion instructions are supplied beforehand.
If only a simple motion is needed, it is fine to teach it once so the movement is remembered, but to rely on 3D sensors and the like to move unregistered objects without providing enormous quantities of movement instructions in advance to account for all of the possibilities is extremely difficult in reality.
In short, teaching a robot is not a matter of instructing it to “Please pick up that cup,” as the robot will not move without movement instructions, which need to be supplied by a robot teaching professional.
When Mujin machine intelligence technology is installed in a robot, if the object can be seen or the movement destination specified, the robot will automatically move towards it like a human, while avoiding obstacles of its own accord, making it possible to “become closer to a human” in ability.
Although this looks like a small step at first glance, being able to use robots in such a human-like way is an innovative breakthrough, a large step away from the world of teaching.
There is huge demand in the picking area of logistics, food and automotives that could not be done by robots before; now that robots will be able to see and move by themselves, they can fill these roles.
The world’s first motion planning-equipped intelligent robot controller developed by Mujin. By making it possible to connect to all robots, instantly making your robot easier to use and highly intelligent, you can realize advanced robot automation that you could not do so before.
Robots made intelligent by MujinController provide immeasurable value, such as by greatly improving customer productivity, reducing automation costs, allowing maintenance through unified operation, and reducing training costs etc.
Since Mujin is the only company that is allowed to directly control robots from major robot manufacturers without teaching, the ability to run Mujin robot applications on Mujin robot control platforms is our greatest strength.
By controlling robots at an overwhelmingly deeper level than other companies and combining them with sophisticated intelligent functions, we are operating many robots in a wide range of logistics processes that were previously unfeasible.
Mujin is the only robot controller in the world that can directly control robots made by manufacturers. Through direct control, it is possible to automatically carry out fine operations and fine interference avoidance; and we guarantee a level of control quality that distinguishes itself from other companies’ self-proclaimed “Intelligent Robot Controllers” which simply send basic coordinates to the robot controller.