GITAI

Robot OS Startup for Space Development


ABOUT

GITAI

GITAI build the remote controlled robot to replace astronaut's operations in commercial space stations. Movement of human to the low-earth orbit space station, and task on the site are subject to quite high cost as well as to safety issues. GITAI challenge to reduce the cost ten times lower by replacing humans with robots for movements to the low-earth orbit space station and tasks in the site.

Funding

Total: (US$)1.38M

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

Technology

Data Reduction and compression

Restricted capacity of network infrastructure in the space is not capable to transmit any visual data (high resolution 360° image) required for sense of remote presence due to excessive data size. Therefore, GITAI has developed unique technology to reduce data volume and to compress data to successfully reduce data of 360° camera with resolution of 2.7K from original data volume of 800 Mbps to average 2.5 Mbps.

Low-latency communication

Transmitting visual data required for sense of remote presence with general standards such as WebRTC and regular communication technology such as http causes a large software/transmission latency that deteriorate sense of remote presence also on the network infrastructure in the space. Thus, GITAI has developed unique P2P communication technology and Linux base OS based on our own protocol to successfully reduce the software latency for rendering image on VR terminal to 60 ms by transmitting data of 360° camera with resolution of 2.7K via Internet.

Workload reduction technology

Specification of PC (CPU) with countermeasure for space radiation becomes lower for equivalent to several generations compared to that of PC for used on the ground. Transmitting visual data required for sense of remote presence especially requires the specification of very high performance PC in the standard distribution technology. Thus, GITAI has successfully processed every process required for low-latency transmission of image of 360° camera with resolution of 2.7 K with ultra compact Intel PC (CPU: Core m3-6Y30) by our own load reduction technology.

NAT traversal system

GITAI has developed our own NAT traversal technology dedicated for low-latency communication for logging-in/out between operator and robot just by an account name (token), in order to enable synchronizing the operator and the remote control robot just by logging-in/out process on any net work infrastructure.

TEAM

Elia Ahadi

Robotics Software Engineer

He earned a master’s degree in Robotic engineering in Stanford University. Ex-technical consultant/engineer of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Akira Shibata

Computer Vision Engineer

He earned a master’s degree in study of computer vision in the graduate school of the University of Tokyo. Ex-engineer of RICHO.

Shingo Nagasaka

Haptics Engineer

He earned a master’s degree in study of Haptics in the graduate school of the University of Osaka. Ex-engineer of DENSO.

Dr.Toyotaka Kozuki

CTO

Earned a doctoral degree (Ph. D) in the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information and Technology (JSK) Ex-Mechanical Engineer of WHILL

Kenichi Usami

Software Engineer

He is a software engineer who has experience of more than 10 years in development of software, network, database and Linux.

Sho Nakanose

Co-Founder&CEO

The first Japanese to participate the global solutions program of Singularity University. He is a serial-entrepreneur who has an experience to launch and sold businesses in India. Ex-system engineer of IBM Japan.

Dr. Ryohei Ueda

VP of Software

He earned a doctoral degree (Ph. D) in the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information and Technology (JSK). Ex-Robotics Software Engineer of SCHAFT (Google).

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