Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is intending to advance the development of international e-commerce and logistics technologies with the launch of a new robotics challenge.Hosted by JD’s robotics
research study arm, JD-X, the’JD-X Robotics Difficulty ‘will ask contestants to develop a’picking’robotic that can precisely choose selected SKUs from a pool within a limited amount of time. The contest judges– a panel of leading technologists and industry experts, including world-renowned roboticists– will concentrate on the characteristics of the robotic arm, computer system vision, path planning, and ontology design in evaluating participants’robots.It is open to university students and start-ups in China and overseas. The winners will get CNY500,000(US$ 75,728)with overall offered rewards worth CNY2m. Winners have the opportunity to request positions at JD.com, get financial investment from JD in their start-up, and see their winning robotic at work in a real-life logistics scenario.With service operations that progressively rely on automation to fulfull same-and next-day shipment to more than 300m customers, and with the scale of e-commerce increasing dramatically, JD.com states it is seeking to constantly increase performance, redefining industry standards for shipment times.”For JD, online or offline, robotics’contributions in automated storage facilities are invaluable,”the company says.
“The smart devices rapidly, tirelessly and efficiently total ordinary and recurring jobs, such as picking a product from rack and positioning it in a basket. However it’s not simple. Choosing things quickly, precisely and safely involves an intricate system of computer understanding, mechanical motion and adjustment, along with AI decision making.”Creating robots that do this much better is a top priority for JD.com, and will be essential in the advancement of worldwide commerce in the future, it states. Sccording to Tractica Research study, worldwide sales of warehousing and logistics robotics are anticipated to reach US$ 22.4 bn, while shipments of robotics will reach 620,000 systems each year, by 2021, as automation revolutionises supply chains.” We are positive the challenge will attract some of the very best robotics talent on the planet, “states Jun Xiao, head of JD-X.”Developing an efficient choosing
robot is an extremely intricate issue requiring sophisticated innovation and innovative style. It’s an obstacle that many robotics creators are eager to tackle since it requires the style of a practical robotic that fixes a real-world problem. “