Groove X Launches Lovot, a Social Robot Using PCR Radar Sensors

Groove X has released Lovot, an emotional companion robot. Founded by the former head of technology development at SoftBank, the Lovot was born for one reason: to be loved by you. To achieve this, Lovot makes extensive use of various advanced sensor technologies, one of which is Acconeer’s PCR radar sensor. The PCR radar sensor A111 is built into the Lovot for obstacle detection to prevent the Lovot from hitting other objects as it moves around.

Groove X Launches Lovot, a Social Robot Using PCR Radar Sensors

Groove X is a Japanese robotics company that relies on artificial intelligence and sensing technology to build trust between humans and robots, making humans and robots companions for a richer and safer life. Unlike other personal robots, the purpose of Lovot is not to provide convenience or functionality, but to create a robot that touches your heart. According to GROOVE X, Lovot is currently the only robot in the world that can heal your heart so you can fall in love with it like your family, partner or loved ones.

The goal of Groove X is simple: create a robot that makes you happy. When you come into contact with Lovot, even just looking at it, you find yourself relaxing and feeling better, it’s kind of like being in love with another person. Lovot was born for one reason – to be loved by you.

Acconeer’s PCR radar sensor A111 solves obstacle detection problems that other technologies can’t

Lovot integrates the PCR radar sensor A111 to detect obstacles, so it can avoid hitting furniture and other objects. Especially in difficult situations such as detecting glass tables or glass walls, Groove X found that Acconner’s PCR radar sensor could handle such situations better than alternative technologies tried. Another reason to choose the A111 radar sensor is that it can detect multiple objects. In the future, more abundant functions can be realized through software upgrade, such as breath detection, material identification, etc.

Sophisticated integration through collaboration and support

There are of course some challenges to overcome when building a complex product like a robot. During the process of integrating the PCR radar sensor A111 into Lovot, we encountered some challenges in parameter configuration, stability calibration, and deriving handling of thermal issues. To analyze these issues, traditional assessment applications are not sufficient. However, through collaborative analysis between technical experts from both companies, Groove X and Acconeer have successfully addressed these challenges by optimizing the evaluation procedure and adding functionality.

“Acconeer responded to our company’s custom request for several specifications. We also worked hard to resolve hardware and software issues that were identified during the evaluation process. I think Acconeer’s support was very good, and we worked together to resolve the issues encountered during the implementation of the project. problem,” said Kaname Hayashi, CEO of Groove X.

More information about the product, as well as Lovot’s videos, can be found on the Lovot website and its dedicated Lovot YouTube channel.

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