According to Tianyan Check, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. added a number of patent information in August, one of which is “a control method, device, robot, and storage medium for a robot”. The patent application date is May 2020 and the publication date is 2020. August. This patent appears to the outside world to be an important layout of Huawei in the field of robotics.
The basic information summary of the patent shows that the above-mentioned application is applicable to the field of robotics, and provides a robot control method, device, robot, and storage medium. The method includes: obtaining the position information of the target object; controlling the rotation of the robot according to the position information of the target object; During the rotation of the robot, dynamically adjust the output screen of the display module used to simulate eye features on the robot.
Huawei did not respond to the CBN reporter regarding the use of the aforementioned patent application. But judging from the previous layout, Huawei’s technical cooperation in the field of AI and robotics have already begun.
As early as the 2017 Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei and the University of Edinburgh signed a cooperation agreement. The content of the agreement mainly revolves around the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) robots running on 5G wireless networks.
According to the agreement, researchers from Huawei Wireless X Labs and the University of Edinburgh Bayes Center will jointly explore how to apply AI technology to 5G networks to meet the needs of networked robots and systems for optimal wireless network performance. The two parties will focus on the field of medical robots and mobile video at the beginning of the cooperation.
In addition, also in 2017, Huawei Wireless X Labs Wireless Application Scenario Laboratory and SoftBank also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation in the field of connected robots. In the cooperation, Softbank’s robots will use the 5G network to connect to the AI ”brain” in the cloud, and the cloud AI will recognize and analyze the surrounding environment of the robot, and return the results to the robot body. Through 5G, data can also be shared between robots to promote machine learning and AI evolution.
In the “Global Industry Outlook GIV2025” released last year, Huawei mentioned that by 2025, smart technology will permeate everyone, every family, and every organization. 58% of the world’s population will be able to enjoy 5G networks and 14% of households. With “robot butlers”, 97% of large companies use AI. Among them, automation and robots, especially artificial intelligence robots, will change the way people live and work.
“Intelligent automation is widely used in construction, manufacturing, medical and health, and other fields. In 2025, every 10,000 manufacturing employees will work with 103 robots. And with the development of materials science, perceptual artificial intelligence, 5G, cloud, and other networks With the continuous advancement of technology, there will be many types of robots such as nursing robots, bionic robots, social robots, and housekeeping robots, which will emerge in the housekeeping, education, and health service industries, bringing new lifestyles to mankind.” Huawei said.
Although there is news that Huawei is building home robots internally, from the perspective of business layout, Huawei’s consumer business currently focuses on mobile phones and surrounding home scenarios. In the field of industrial robots, Huawei mostly enters the game with technical support.
However, a reporter from China Business News learned from Huawei that Huawei’s own factories have also begun to use AI and other technologies to automate the manufacturing process.
Take Songshan Lake as an example. At present, Huawei’s Songshan Lake Atlas-based smart manufacturing solution has implemented “Atlas” manufacturing “Atlas” in the production line of Huawei’s computing products, allowing AI to run through every link of manufacturing, and complete label defect detection, screw The “second-level detection” is realized for missing and other things, which improves the accuracy of quality inspection from 90% of the previous traditional machine vision quality inspection to 99.9%, and the efficiency of quality inspectors is increased by 3 times.
“AI has been applied at the station level, line level, and workshop level in Huawei factories.” Wu Jiayun, director of Huawei’s Industrial Automation Vision Laboratory, revealed in a meeting in August that more than 80 production lines have been applied in Huawei factories. It covers products such as servers, 5G, and terminals. The accumulated experience of these large-scale applications will also be packaged into the manufacturing industry SDK. She revealed that the Vision + Manufacturing Industry SDK will be officially launched in October this year.
Shanghai Securities pointed out in a research report that under the impact of the epidemic, some manufacturing companies have accelerated the pace of machine replacement. With the opening of a new round of restocking cycle in the second half of the year, the sales and output of industrial robots are expected to achieve a new round of in-cycle ( High-speed growth under the superposition of inventory cycle) and growth (machine substitution).
According to the output data of industrial robots in 2020, the sales volume of China’s industrial robots is expected to be 171,000 units in 2020, a year-on-year increase of 15%. By 2025, China’s industrial robot market will be 88.3 billion yuan, and the overall market (including integration and software) will be 265 billion yuan.
“Industrial robots are a growing industry in the long run. The increase in labor costs and the reduction in the rate of return on investment in industrial robots have accelerated machine replacement. The density of Chinese robots is lower than that of major developed countries. A long-term growth logic.” Shanghai Securities stated that the sales volume of industrial robots in China will reach 327,600 units in 2025, with a compound growth rate of 14% from 2019 to 2025.