MoveIt Studio Developer Platform & SDK Launched for Manipulation Applications

PickNik Robotics’ MoveIt Studio Developer Platform and Software Development Kit (SDK) aim to help robotics and software engineers to create, debug, and ship complex manipulation projects faster
 By Caroline Rees / 18 Aug 2022
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Robotics software and engineering services provider PickNik Robotics has announced the commercial availability of both its MoveIt Studio Developer Platform and MoveIt Studio Software Development Kit (SDK) which aim to help robotics and software engineers to create, debug, and ship complex manipulation projects faster.

“These premium offerings leverage cutting edge approaches that we have developed over seven years working with some of the best robotics companies in the world,” said Dr. Dave Coleman, CEO of PickNik Robotics. “Both MoveIt Studio products ensure customers don’t have to waste time programming common manipulation behaviors. This will further evolve the robotics industry by making it more practical to use advanced manipulation techniques in more applications.”

MoveIt Studio can be used for a variety of robotic manipulator applications, including those used in:

  • Space
  • Defense
  • Factory automation
  • Supply chain
  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Clean energy
  • Offshore energy
  • Undersea exploration

MoveIt Studio Developer Platform

Designed with a user-friendly interface, the MoveIt Studio Developer Platform includes a set of pre-built tools that aim to make it easier to build and debug behavior trees, inspect trajectories, diagnose failures, and provide robot recovery. 

Potential benefits include:

  • Low-code development of complex manipulation for non-experts
  • Remotely develop and test robot hardware
  • Introspection into complex AI decision making
  • Arm trajectory recall, rewind, and introspection
  • Remote arm jogging and operator in the loop recovery
  • Planning optimizations to help robots motion plan smarter and faster
  • Tools to take a process from prototype to production 

MoveIt Studio SDK

The MoveIt Studio SDK is a runtime framework that is highly extendable through a plugin-based behavior architecture that allows a robot to make its own decisions. It includes a library of behaviors for the most common robot manipulation tasks, and it allows companies to develop their own for application-specific needs such as leveraging their specific machine learning models.

The SDK enables robot engineers and operators to assemble complex tasks without having to worry about the details of how each sub-task is implemented. It also offers the ability to reuse sub-tasks and build applications on top of these pre-developed and hardened behaviors. This allows the developer to iterate faster and build more robust solutions.

Potential benefits include:

  • Build production systems on a robust foundation
  • Automated error-handling and fault tolerance
  • Plan multi-step, complex tasks
  • Quickly build software that can react to changes
  • Logging to help understand rate limitations and process bottlenecks
  • Reduce research and development costs and ship faster

PickNik Robotics also leads the development of the open source MoveIt project, a widely used robotic motion planning framework within the Robot Operating System (ROS). MoveIt is used by companies and academics to enable robotic arms to interact and manipulate objects. 

The MoveIt Studio 1.0 Developer Platform and SDK are premium software products that extend MoveIt to give robot technicians access to the advanced algorithmic capabilities with an accessible user interface.

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