Honda Xcelerator, a global open innovation program from Honda Innovations, will debut collaborations at CES 2020 with startups focused on augmenting human capabilities and devices that enhance workplace ergonomics for the manufacturing environment. Honda Xcelerator also will showcase soon-to-be commercialized technologies based on successful collaborations with Drivemode and SoundHound Inc.
Demonstrations of the industrial innovation collaborations between Honda and Monolith AI, noonee, Skelex, and UVeye will take place at Honda’s booth #7900 in the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 7-10, 2020. The Honda Xcelerator Industrial Innovation Pavilion is part of Honda’s overall presence at CES, which will feature concepts that integrate connected, autonomous, shared, and electric (CASE) technologies into new mobility products and services.
Honda Xcelerator will showcase the following industrial innovation collaborations at CES:
Monolith AI has created a library of machine learning algorithms uniquely tailored to advanced engineering applications. With an intuitive user interface, the resulting cloud solution provides engineering companies with an unprecedented capability to predict and improve performance ahead of time, and avoid costly iterations along their entire complex development cycle. Companies can create and share sophisticated AI solutions faster, linking different departments and applications, ultimately saving time and money in today’s hyper-efficient product development processes.
Noonee, an innovative German company in the field of exoskeletons, will demonstrate the next generation of its Chairless Chair, a passive exoskeleton that enables employees with standing workplaces to work ergonomically, comfortably and productively. The Chairless Chair 2.0 offers a light-weight design, easily expandable sizing and very comfortable seatpads. The wearable chair enables users to flexibly switch between active sitting, walking and standing – avoiding unhealthy posture and pressure on joints that can lead to injuries.
Skelex has developed an ergonomic device for the manufacturing environment to reduce risk of repetitive strain injuries. Designed for alleviating fatigue from the shoulders resulting from repetitive overhead work, Skelex 360 enhances the natural motion of the arms and torso. The device creates a sensation of weightlessness in the arms when reaching overhead by providing adjustable lift force from 0.5 kg to 4 kg. The result is an intuitive and seamless experience where the device works as an extension of the body, providing support to the arms without obstructing movement.
UVeye is introducing new AI technology that promises to dramatically change how auto makers and dealerships inspect vehicles for quality issues. The company’s systems can check chassis components, bodywork and tires for external and mechanical flaws and detect other quality issues. The scanning, detecting and alerting process completes within seconds and can be used throughout the entire lifecycle of a vehicle.
“At Honda, we believe the human touch is still required to achieve high-quality and flexibility in manufacturing,” said Dennis Clark, managing director of Strategic Venture Partnerships at Honda Innovations. “By collaborating with innovative startups, we want to ensure our associates have a safe production environment while providing them with advanced tools that make our manufacturing processes even more efficient.”