Robot Era said it hopes to accelerate development and uptake of humanoids

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

March 14, 2024

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Robot Era's system was demonstrated on its XBot-L robot
Robot Era's system was demonstrated on its XBot-L robotRobot Era

Robot Era, a humanoid robot startup, is open sourcing its humanoid robot training software, Humanoid-Gym, to improve the accessibility of humanoid robot technology and accelerate the uptake of humanoid designs.

Humanoid-Gym, which leverages Nvidia’s Isaac Gym to train humanoid robots in locomotion skills, will be made available on GitHub.

The Beijing-based company pitches its reinforcement learning software as providing engineers with a practical, easy to use platform to build on to “avoid reinventing the wheel.”

In a video demonstrating the software,  the company's full-size humanoid robot, XBot-L, is shown performing actions first in simulation and then in the real world. 

XBot-L is shown walking across uneven surfaces, climbing an incline, and walking across snow.

 

The company’s platform simplifies the process of translating a simulation avatar to a working prototype, known as sim-to-real policy transfer.

The system uses “specific reward functions and domain randomization signals” to train robots and the team say it can “significantly streamline the development process, reducing technical difficulty and bolstering engineering productivity.”

The framework also introduced several variables for the assessment of reinforcement learning results, including but not limited to speed tracking and the smoothness of robots.

Related:System Enables Human-to-Humanoid Robot Operation

By open sourcing its platform, Robot Era said it hopes to “foster knowledge-sharing and innovative exchange in the area of humanoid robotics.”

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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