The Triton by Morpheus Tech: Ground scanning Sonar for Robotic Devices
The latest technology in the smart robot line of products primarily uses LiDar. LiDar basically scans the surrounding atmosphere in the room to create a virtual 3D environment for a robotic device to navigate a space. The closest example of this is the Smart robotic vacuum. The new robotic vacuums use LiDar to scan tables, walls, or objects in the room to navigate through and around them.
One thing about LiDar in the Home
There is one thing about LiDar that gives a tech guy like me the heebie-jeebies.
Imagine taking a sonar sensor in the house, scanning everything in your place, including yourself. If you didn’t want a camera in your room, well, now you basically have a 3D sensor like LiDar scanning your space (and everything in it) to figure out what’s going on. A 3D camera. All the details.
This is the latest tech. We accept it because it’s part of the function and feature of the newest smart robotic vacuum. We could also speak about drones, but we can talk about them in another article.
LiDar vs. Triton
This is where Triton could be the alternative for navigation of the smart robot in the home.
MorpheusTEK, which claims to be a Robotic Sensor technology leader, has partnered with Accerian, who also claims to be a global leader in advanced robotic positioning. Together they have created the Triton: a sonar sensor that points the sensor to the ground only to provide navigation for the smart device or robot.
The Triton focuses its scans on the floor. It does not need surrounding objects to map the room for it to navigate.
Triton would eliminate the need for your room, home, or persons inside your home, to be scanned in real-time.
It could be a huge plus for your room to be scanned in a virtual 3D map. However, I think there is a slight advantage to have a robot just use sonar to scan the floor versus studying the objects in your home.
The Triton technology was launched on the last day of CES 2021. You can read more about their technology here: https://morpheustek.com/. I didn’t see much in terms of actual pictures of their technology. But the idea of ground-scanning sensors vs. whole-house scanning sensors merited some writing about it.
Credit: Accerion, morpheusTEK