OhmniLabs launches new Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform

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The OhmniLabs Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform can be used to design and build a number of AMR devices. | Image credit: OhmniLabs

OhmniLabs announces the availability of a new Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform that will help speed the development of new mobile robotic solutions. The OhmniLabs platform enables customers to design their own robots from a predefined set of components. In addition, OhmniLabs has always manufactured many of the robot components in their in-house additive manufacturing facility. They have become experts at iterative design and can help a client to custom-design, prototype and build an entirely new machine from the ground up.

OhmniLabs customers are designing and deploying new robots into applications such as disinfecting offices, hospitals and airplanes, mapping virtual tours for real estate brokers, conducting security patrol, or greeting guests in reception areas. The Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform is composed of extensible and flexible base robots, a rich and comprehensive library of tech modules, and proprietary ultra-lean development and manufacturing processes. Together, these allow the company to develop and iterate quickly through different robotics products just like a software company.

“With the Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform we can offer hundreds of robot variations for a fraction of the time and cost,” said Thuc Vu, co-founder and CEO at OhmniLabs. “The market for service robots is a trillion dollar opportunity once it reaches ubiquity, and our mission from day one has been to democratize robotics and accelerate the adoption of robotic solutions around the world.  This new platform is one way we are working towards that goal – by enabling businesses to build robots which fit their specific needs, and get their concepts to market at a fraction of the time and cost of other providers.”

The Ohmni Robot platform was recently awarded a 2021 TMCnet Remote Work Pioneer award for its exceptional flexibility. The company is currently working with many of the world’s largest technology companies and highly regarded universities to develop custom robotics solutions for a variety of applications. The company is now entering its sixth year in business, and has shipped thousands of Ohmni Robots to over 40 countries.

Core autonomy services

The company’s autonomous cloud robotics platform is built on a SLAM infrastructure and uses a blend of LiDAR, depth cameras, and computer vision to generate maps that are shared across robot fleets.

Modular technology library

OhmniLabs’ comprehensive Modular Tech Library includes more than 200 robotic components spanning hardware, engineering, software and cloud robotics to perform various functions – from high power brushless motor technology to the latest sensors, acoustically tuned speaker systems and self-docking charging systems.

Rapid prototyping

With the Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform, new designs can be fabricated in a matter of hours in OhmniLabs’ 3D printing facility, while traditional molding can take up to three months. This rapid prototyping process significantly lowers the barrier to entry and brings new robots to market faster than ever before, all while de-risking the entire development process.

“Our manufacturing process has been perfected over the last five years and we are quickly becoming industry leaders in making smart, functional and low cost robots a reality,” added Vu. “We couldn’t find a 3D printer that was capable of running for long periods of time so we built our own production grade 3D printers that are optimized for 24/7 operation and quickly manufacture production-ready, functional prototypes.”

The end-to-end modular robotics development process allows OhmniLabs clients to quickly prototype a new design, test that design, and then iterate to produce the optimal solution. In addition, OhmniLabs can produce short run production sets of items at an affordable price that would take longer and cost more to produce with traditional, non-additive manufacturing based processes. This is OhmniLabs core strength and differentiator.

“The new Modular Robotics Platform from OhmniLabs makes developing specialized robots easier and faster than we could have ever imagined,” said Tetsuro Morimoto, Ph.D., who manages the Business Creation Department and Insights Lab at Toppan Printing Co. “The modularity allows us to experiment with different applications and functionalities that allow us to better serve our customers, employees, facilities and communities.”

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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at moitzman@wtwhmedia.com.