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Two ITRI technologies win CES 2018 Innovation Awards

2017/11/13 21:31:00

Photo courtesy of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

Taipei, Nov. 13 (CNA) Two technologies developed by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have won CES 2018 Innovation Awards and will be showcased at CES 2018 in Las Vegas from Jan. 9 to 12, according to a statement issued by the ITRI on Monday.

The two award-winning technologies were an intelligent vision system (IVS) for companion robots in the Robotics and Drones category, and a handheld pesticide residue detector in the Home Appliances category, the institute said.

The IVS technology integrates artificial intelligence (AI), 3D vision recognition, and eye-hand coordination technologies to play Scrabble, pour beverages, and learn from experience, the ITRI said.

It is able to perceive objects based on their size, shape, color, and location, and recognize vocabulary, while also allowing a robot to grasp and move objects without collisions and can be applied both in consumer and industrial environments, the ITRI said.

When playing Scrabble, the IVS robot uses its 3D vision sensor to detect cell and tile positions on the square grid. It can recognize individual letters and the words spelled by players and can determine the spelling that scores highest from possible letter combinations.

After recognizing the letters on the tiles and acquiring all the data through its vision, the robot drives its arm to move and grab accordingly. The robot can also calculate the scores of the players accurately and rapidly.

The handheld pesticide residue detector is a portable device to determine whether pesticide residues are within a safe range when washing fruits or vegetables.

It can detect eight washable pesticides from the top 10 pesticide ranking lists in the U.S. and China, and can also detect fat-soluble pesticides up to a 0.5 ppm detection limit, the ITRI said.

Compared to conventional laboratory detection techniques, ITRI's detector requires no pre-processing and delivers an immediate result, making a breakthrough in pesticide detection for consumer use, the institute said.

The annual CES Innovation Awards program honors outstanding product designs and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products.

Honorees are those whose products scored highly across all judging criteria, including engineering, aesthetic, and design qualities, user value, positive impact to quality of life, and competitiveness in the marketplace.

(By Romulo Huang)
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