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Polaris3D showcases self-driving indoor robot solution at CES 2019

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On January 8th, nearly 190,000 attendants and 4,500 companies from around the globe gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the annual CES. For over fifty years, world-changing technological innovations such as the VCR, camcorder, CD player, HDTV, and 3D printer, to name a few, have been introduced to the marketplace at CES.

Sharing the floor alongside industry giants such as Dolby, Intel, and Samsung at CES 2019 was Polaris3D—a startup established in 2016 by a group of POSTECH students. Led by CEO Inveom Kwak (Department of Creative IT and Engineering), Polaris3D provides solutions for precise and affordable self-driving indoor robots through autonomous localization.

Polaris3D showcased ANS—Autonomous Navigating Solution—whereby precision self-driving is made possible by simply mounting a device onto the indoor robot. Without the need for additional and expensive infrastructures like UWB (Ultra Wideband) wireless connections, and unlike existing SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) based technology and its massive computing requirements, Polaris3D’s proprietary mapping algorithms can operate in real-time with minimal power consumption and no additional equipment. As such, the application of ANS is flexible enough to be customizable into various fields such as logistics applications, drones, forklifts, and other service robots.

The company is currently offering demos for industry and research applications, and expects to release ANS during the first half of 2019.