This time we report on a very high-tech new E-Ink product (!) from the Apollo robot jointly developed by Apptronik, a new robot company in Texas, USA, and NASA. Equipped with E Ink electronic paper, the robot can communicate with humans without using words.
The Apollo robot is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, and can operate for four hours per battery pack. It has a human-like appearance and is made of metal, plastic, silver cloth, and metal actuators. It can easily lift 55-pound boxes and place them in racks and trays.
The Apollo robot has a very simple and easy-to-use interface and can be controlled from a tablet or computer. It does not need to receive commands, but operates through symbols on the interface. This makes the use of the robot more user-friendly and simple. The Apollo robot's non-verbal communication is one of its unique features. It communicates with humans using an E Ink electronic paper display (face) and an OLED screen (upper body). E Ink e-paper displays are normally off and only turned on when needed to convey information. The OLED screen is used to display the robot's identity information, such as a custom name and the robot's current task or battery level.
The face screen uses E-Ink electronic paper to display text.
(Source: Video Intuitive Interaction )
The Apollo robot is designed to make humans feel like it's working with them, rather than just a tool like other robots. Its non-verbal communication can convey emotion, intent, and simple information, such as displaying words and icons in speech bubbles. This type of communication makes the robot more human and makes it easier for people to interact with it.
Apollo robots have a wide range of applications and can be used in factories, warehouses, hospitals and other places. It can perform simple tasks autonomously, such as carrying items, cleaning up garbage, etc. At the same time, it can also cooperate with humans to complete more complex tasks, such as assembling products, inspecting equipment, etc.
Apptronik said that the Apollo robot is expected to be launched on the commercial market in 2025, and the price is currently unknown.