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NVIDIA "Project GR00T": The future of robotics!

With the unveiling of Project GR00T, the new artificial intelligence platform specifically for humanoid robots, NVIDIA announced that leading companies in the robotics industry will utilize this platform.

NVIDIA presented its new AI platform "Project GR00T" at the GTC conference on March 18. The technology company describes the platform as "a universal base model for humanoid robots that aims to achieve breakthrough advances in robotics and embodied artificial intelligence." This platform can be seen as a new combination of hardware and software solution that will further develop humanoid robots.
Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, commented on the developments as follows: "Developing basic models for universal humanoid robots is one of the most fascinating problems in AI research today. The enabling technologies are coming together to allow top robotics experts around the world to make significant progress towards universal robotics."

What will the robots powered by Project GR00T be capable of?

Robots powered by GR00T (Generalist Robot 00 Technology) are designed to understand natural language and mimic gestures by observing human actions. They will quickly learn coordination, dexterity and other skills to navigate, adapt and interact in the real world.

During his keynote at the NVIDIA GTC AI conference, CEO Jensen Huang presented several of these robots for different tasks. Watch the video of the keynote below.

Are we at a historic turning point where "embodied artificial intelligence" will change the concept of work forever?

As already mentioned, the chip manufacturer describes the new platform as "a universal basic model for humanoid robots". Furthermore, the platform currently includes almost all leading manufacturers of humanoid robots - with some notable exceptions such as Tesla. Companies that will use the platform include Boston Dynamics, 1X Technologies, Agility Robotics, Apptronik, Figure AI, Fourier Intelligence, Sanctuary AI, Unitree Robotics and XPENG Robotics.

Geordie Rose, co-founder and CEO of Sanctuary AI, commented on the collaboration with NVIDIA as follows: "Embodied AI will not only help tackle some of humanity's biggest challenges, but also enable innovations that are currently beyond our imagination or reach." "Such an important technology should not be developed in isolation, which is why we prioritize long-term partners like NVIDIA."

Jonathan Hurst, Co-Founder and Chief Robotics Officer at Agility Robotics, said of the collaboration with NVIDIA: "We are at a historic inflection point where robotic systems like Digit will reshape the world of work forever. Modern AI will accelerate this development and pave the way for robots like Digit to assist humans in all areas of life. We look forward to working with NVIDIA and investing in computers, simulation tools, machine learning environments and other necessary infrastructure to make the dream of robots in everyday life a reality."

GR00T will also support Nvidia's new technology products. One of these is the Jetson Thor computer, which was presented at the NVIDIA GTC Artificial Intelligence Conference. Jetson Thor is described in the press release as: "Designed as a new computing platform that can perform complex tasks and interact with people and machines in a safe and natural way. It features a modular architecture optimized for performance, power consumption and size."

The SoC includes a next-generation GPU based on the NVIDIA Blackwell architecture with a Transformer engine that delivers 800 teraflops of 8-bit floating-point AI performance to run generative AI models such as GR00T. The integrated functional safety processor significantly simplifies the design and integration effort with a powerful CPU cluster and 100 GB Ethernet bandwidth.

The Isaac tools used by GR00T were also presented at the conference. It was emphasized that these Isaac tools are able to create new basic models for any type of robot arrangement in any environment. These tools include Isaac Lab for reinforcement learning and OSMO, a service for computer orchestration. Isaac Manipulator and Isaac Perceptor were also among the programs that attracted particular attention.

Isaac Manipulator provides state-of-the-art dexterity and modular AI capabilities for robotic arms, backed by a robust collection of base models and GPU-accelerated libraries. It provides up to 80x speedup in direction and route planning and increases throughput, enabling developers to automate more new robotic tasks. Initial ecosystem partners include Yaskawa, Universal Robots, a Teradyne company, PickNik Robotics, Solomon, READY Robotics and Franka Emika.

Isaac Perceptor provides multi-camera and 3D environment perception capabilities that are increasingly being used in autonomous mobile robots to increase productivity, improve worker safety and reduce errors and costs. Early adopters include ArcBest, BYD and KION Group, who are looking to achieve new levels of autonomy in material handling and more.

The new functions of the Isaac platform are expected to be available in the next quarter. Detailed technical information about the GR00T project can be found at here.


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