GITAI

Avatar Robot Startup for Space Development


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GITAI

GITAI provides a humanoid telepresence robot-like "Avatar" for science experiments in space stations and moon-based development. GITAI's Avatar robot is remotely controlled by humans with VR HMD, motion capture suit and haptic glove, enabling their operators to see, hear, feel and interact freely in a remote environment in real time via standard wireless networks. Especially visual data is extremely heavy and causes delayed information transfer, so GITAI also has developed independent P2P communication based on independent protocol, data volume reduction algorithm and OS for synchronization. As a result, GITAI could minimize 2.7K resolution data of 360-degree camera from 800Mbps to 2.5Mbps and data latency to 100ms via standard WIFI networks. By sending just one Avatar robot to ISS, many scientists can conduct experiments such as space manufacturing using 3D printers without the costs of transportation of human resources as if they're in the ISS, remotely from the earth.

Funding

Total: (US$)1.38M

(US$)1.25M from ANRI and 500 Startups Japan as Seed Round Funding in December 2017

Technology

Data Reduction and compression

High resolution visual data of 360-degree camera is too heavy to transfer via standard wireless network, so GITAI has developed independent visual data volume reduction and compression algorithm. GITAI successfully minimized 2.7K resolution data of 360-degree camera from 800Mbps to 2.5Mbps on average.

Low-latency communication

Existing communication technology such as WebRTC cause delayed information transfer, so GITAI has developed independent middleware based on independent protocol and OS based on Linux. GITAI successfully minimized software data latency from video capture to display on VR HMD to 100ms.

Workload reduction technology

The performance of PC for space is very low because of space radiation, but video transmission of high resolution visual data requires a high performance PC. So GITAI have developed independent Load reduction technology. GITAI made it possible to run entire software including video transmission of 2.7K resolution data of a 360-degree camera on Intel’s low performance PC (Compute Stick STK2m3W64CC) and CPU (Core m3-6Y30).

NAT traversal system

GITAI has developed independent NAT traversal system for low latency communication so that operators can Log-in and Log-out of robots using an account name from anywhere to anywhere via standard wireless networks.

TEAM

Elia Ahadi

Robotics Software Engineer

Former DARPA, U.S.Air Force. M.S. in Robotics of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.

Akira Shibata

Computer Vision Engineer

Former Engineer at RICOH. M.S. in Computer Vision of Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University.

Shingo Nagasaka

Haptics Engineer

Former Engineer at DENSO. M.S. in Haptics Interface of Industrial Science and Technology, Osaka University.

Dr.Toyotaka Kozuki

CTO

Ph.D in Robotics of Information Science and Technology, Tokyo University. Former Mechanical Engineer at WHILL Inc.

Kenichi Usami

Co-Founder & VP of Software Engineering

10 years experience in Software, Network, Linux and Database Engineering in Japan and India.

Sho Nakanose

Co-Founder&CEO

Singularity University GSP 2017 Alumni at NASA ARC. Former System Engineer at IBM Japan. Serial entrepreneur who sold web app in India.

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