At the International Robot and Vision Show Braintech announced the release of a Community Technical Preview (“CTP”) of its new robot vision Software Development Kit VOLTS-IQ™, powered by Microsoft Robotics Studio. This preliminary version of VOLTS-IQ focuses on providing a preview of the company’s robust visual target tracking capability. Household objects can be quickly trained and tracked in webcam images using the Vi_Tracker™ service contained in the CTP. This ability is a highly useful visual function for virtually any autonomous robot. Interested developers can download the CTP free for non-commercial use from www.volts-iq.com.
In the pictures below a user utilizes a standard car steering wheel (with a pattern affixed to the base) to maneuver a mobile robot through an obstacle course in Microsoft Robotics Studio Simulation environment. Using a web camera Braintech’s VOLTS-IQ MSRS services tacks in real time the orientation of the steering wheel. This information is utilized by the MSRS orchestration application to control the robot in the simulation environment