The world’s first multimodal mobile robot looks like a small car and has four steering modes


The developer of LIMO is AgileX Robotics, a Chinese robotics company founded in 2016, which proudly calls its creation the world’s first multimodal mobile robot with AI modules. It measures 12.6 x 8.4 x 9.7 inches (322 x 215 x 247 mm) and weighs 9.2 lbs (4.2 kg).

Powered by an NVIDIA Jetson Nano processor, LIMO looks like a cute little car, but is smarter and more versatile. Unlike other machines of this type, the robot comes with four steering modes that can be easily switched in a matter of minutes: Omni Wheel, four-wheel differential steering, Ackermann steering and crawler steering.

Akermann mode is similar to car steering, providing stability by allowing the robot to spin the inner and outer wheels at the appropriate angles. You can customize it according to the steering speed.

If you want the LIMO to have better contact with the surface, follow riding mode is the best to use. The four-wheel differential steering mode is ideal for any terrain, from smooth roads to inclines, to sandy beaches, and more.

Other notable features of the multimodal mobile robot are its 360 degree scanning LiDAR, infrared camera, high performance sensors, 7 inch touch screen and voice control with built-in microphone. LIMO can have a plethora of applications, with its scanning LiDAR allowing it to map, navigate and avoid obstacles. The infrared camera also makes it suitable for use in dark conditions.

LIMO is able to park in reverse, accurately determine its location, plan routes, detect objects and much more.

Using ROS 1 or ROS 2 programming languages, you can customize it and turn it into a multifunctional machine.

LIMO is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign and there are 28 days left. So far, AgileX Robotics has raised over $ 9,300 for the robot, although it was only aiming for $ 5,142. A pledge of at least $ 1,000 will allow you to obtain your own LIMO, the estimated delivery date being January 2022.

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