Last week at NIWeek, Airbus detailed some of its plans for its Factory of the Future, where aircraft assembly gets far less manual and more automated. Part of that vision involved cooperative robots. Part of that future involves automated inspection and machine-assisted tool use. All of these applications require vision recognition systems and extensive communications among machines and people.
Airbus has reached the point where it was able to demonstrate a pair of augmented-reality glasses to help a human operator perform tasks on the assembly floor and inside of an airframe during assembly. These glasses are based on the new NI SOM (System on Module). Because , the NI SOM is based on the Xilinx Zynq SoC, it’s architecture is compatible with NI’s CompactRIO architecture, which means that applications developed in LabVIEW and LabVIEW FPGA for CompactRIO can be easily retargeted for the NI SOM. Here’s a 10-minute video clip with the Airbus presentation at NIWeek.
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