PickNik Robotics’ MoveIt Space Developer

PickNik Robotics’ MoveIt Space Developer Platform and SDK Now Commercially Available

Enables Robotics and Software Engineers to More Quickly Build Advanced Applications that Include Manipulator Arms

Boulder, CO —August 16, 2022 — PickNik Robotics, a leader in robotics software and engineering services, today announced the commercial availability of both its MoveItTM Space Developer Platform and MoveItTM Space SDK (Software Development Kit). These new software products 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 Space 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 Space 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 and more.

More on the MoveIt Space Developer Platform

The MoveIt Space Developer Platform, which is designed with a user-friendly interface, includes a set of pre-built tools that make it easy to build and debug behavior trees, inspect trajectories, diagnose failures, and provide robot recovery.

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

More on the MoveIt Space SDK

The MoveIt Space 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.

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

MoveIt Space Based on Widely Used MoveIt Framework

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

It is now used worldwide in thousands of robots, including projects by Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Fetch, Kinova and Franka Emika. The MoveIt Space 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.

About PickNik Robotics

PickNik Robotics helps companies address the technical, cost, and time challenges associated with the development of advanced robotic applications. Major robotics organizations, such as NASA, Google, Amazon, Samsung, and many others, have partnered with PickNik to develop robotic applications. PickNik also supports and collaborates with the worldwide open source robotics movement and is the lead developer of MoveIt. Founded in 2015, PickNik is based in Boulder, CO. More information at www.picknik.ai.