RELEASE: Navigator α humanoid robot: SUPCON integrates AI with robotics

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RELEASE: Navigator α humanoid robot: SUPCON integrates AI with robotics

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HANGZHOU, China, April 3, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 28, George Cui Shan, President and CEO of SUPCON (688777.SH, SUPCON.SW) gave an interview to discuss the recent establishment of the Zhejiang Humanoid Robot Innovation (hereinafter "Innovation Center") and the debut of its first self-developed humanoid robot, Navigator α. As a major shareholder of the Innovation Centre, SUPCON is excited by the prospect of potential collaborations between academia and industry in the field of humanoid robotics, along with the future application of these robots in various industrial scenarios.

Zhejiang Humanoid Robot Innovation Center is dedicated to researching intelligent sensing and control technology, as well as developing fully functional robots. It will serve as a comprehensive center for technological research, product development, talent incubation and industrial growth. With its substantial support to the center, SUPCON enhances its strategic vision of integrating AI with robotics, actively driving the intelligent transformation of the humanoid robot industry.

The newly launched humanoid robot, Navigator α, stands 1.5 meters tall and weighs 50 kilograms, and features advanced hardware components including a state-of-the-art planetary gearbox, lightweight humanoid mechanical arms, and a dexterous hand with multiple degrees of freedom. This extraordinary hand features 15 finger joints, six active degrees of freedom, a fingertip force of 10 N, a lightweight design of 600 g, and an impressive joint speed of 150 degrees per second. Additionally, Navigator α revolutionizes the integration of mechanism control, imitation learning, and reinforcement learning, leveraging innovative technologies such as large-scale artificial intelligence models to achieve breakthrough advances in both hardware and algorithms. It has been implemented and highly recognized in several field tested projects.

George stressed that unlike traditional humanoid robots that mainly focus on the connection of parts and the overall system, the collaboration between SUPCON and the Innovation Center aims to achieve breakthroughs in AI technology and its industrial application. In the era of industrial AI, robotics innovation must expand beyond mere operational capabilities to encompass planning, leveraging AI as the industrial “brain.” Furthermore, George stated that the future of humanoid robots depends on their use in specific scenarios and industries. It is crucial to close the gap between technological research and industrial demand, thus boosting the continued progress of the industry.

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