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Evolution Robotics’ NorthStar 2.0 Wins Robotics Development Innovator Award
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Dec 01, 2008
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Low cost, intelligent navigation system based on proprietary micro-GPS technology wins the first annual RoboDevelopment Innovator Award at RoboDevelopment 2008 Conference and Exposition.

Evolution Robotics Inc., a leading robotics technology company, announced today that its NorthStar® 2.0 technology has been named the Robotics Development Innovator Awards’ “Best Component Technology” for 2008. The goal of the awards, presented in conjunction with the RoboDevelopment Conference & Exposition, is to recognize products that successfully reduce the time, effort and complexity of building the next generation of innovative robotics products, and in doing so, furthering the robotics industry as a whole.

Evolution Robotics’ NorthStar® 2.0 Navigation System enables mobile robots (e.g. robotic toys and vacuums) to intelligently navigate within indoor settings using a proprietary micro-GPS system, providing the first-ever practical solution for autonomous navigation in homes and other everyday environments. NorthStar makes available aerospace grade technology at consumer friendly prices and delivers the type of capabilities that, up until now, were restricted to research and industrial robots that traditionally operate in highly controlled settings. These capabilities include waypoint navigation, long-range homing, path record and replay, systematic coverage (for applications such as cleaning), room-to-room navigation, target tracking, and other modes. In breaking this barrier, NorthStar allows companies to make a new generation of personal and service robots that target even the most novice of users and require minimal set-up and no permanent modification to the environment.

Products in development or already released that use NorthStar include the next generation of smarter and more efficient robotic vacuum cleaners (to be launched with a leading appliance manufacturer), a new line of entertainment robots, other robotic and non-robotic devices targeting other consumer and non-industrial segments and, most recently, the Rovio™ Telepresence Robot from WowWee. Rovio’s TrueTrack navigation system is powered by NorthStar 2.0 and enables the robot to guide itself to back to charging dock as well as allows users to record paths to places in their home. NorthStar’s architecture also allows updated software releases to be downloaded by Rovio users, providing the robots with expanded features.

Video examples of NorthStar’s functionality can be viewed at:

“In keeping with our mission of providing solutions that enable the next generation of products, Rovio’s use of NorthStar navigation is a great example of how that same Component Technology can be used in products ranging from an office robot that delivers packages and mail, to a home robot capable of providing assistance to the elderly,” said Dr. Paolo Pirjanian, CEO of Evolution Robotics. “Evolution is committed to continuing to build the platform of solutions for making robots smarter and more useful and we’re honored to have our work recognized by the development community.”

About Evolution Robotics
Evolution Robotics, Inc. is based in Pasadena, CA, and partners with brand leaders to make their products smarter by providing solutions for vision, autonomous navigation and intelligence. From toys to cell phones and vacuum cleaners to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) the company has over 5 million products on the market through partners such as Sony, Bandai, Sharper Image and AU Phones from KDDI in Japan. Evolution Robotics is an operating company of Idealab, a creator and operator of technology businesses.
Stephan West
Idealab for Evolution Robotics
P:  626-685-4934

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