Robotic function packages for entertainment, music

ABB Robotics' RoboScreen function packages include Autodesk Maya-based plug-ins and an optional mixing board to accurately synchronize a robot's movements with the motion program software.


ABB Robotics' RoboScreen function packages include Autodesk Maya-based plug-ins and an optional mixing board to accurately synchronize a robot's movements with the motion program software. Courtesy: ABB RoboticsABB Robotics in collaboration with Andy Flessas (aka andyRobot) of Las Vegas announced the availability of RoboScreen function packages starting in Q2 2013. The RoboScreens will be available in a range of sizes from diagonal screen dimensions of approximately 26 inches to 13.5 feet, and feature robot models from the IRB 120, ABB's smallest 6-axis robot, to the IRB 7600, ABB's largest model. Custom RoboScreens will also be available. The function packages include Autodesk Maya-based plug-ins to ABB's RobotStudio software, co-developed by Flessas and the ABB global software team. The Robot Animator PowerPac for RobotStudio can control standard ABB Robots, and the RoboScreen PowerPac is specifically applicable to RoboScreens. RobotStudio is ABB's simulation and offline programming software, and Maya is a 3D computer graphics software used to create interactive applications, including video games, animated film and visual effects. With the PowerPac plug-ins the software merges the features and benefits of a graphic simulation tool with application programming software, creating a fully simulated robotic motion program that can be downloaded directly to robot system to control the robots.

A custom designed mixing board similar to those used in live concert and stage productions will be available as an option to the RoboScreen function packages. The innovative system will merge with a Core Interface Module, creating a paradigm shift in the control and programming of robots in entertainment applications. The mixing board will allow entertainment industry personnel to control robots with equipment in which they are familiar, without needing formal robot programming experience; providing an integrated means to intuitively synchronize the robots with other stage or set elements such as lighting, sound, camera control and the movement of other props.

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