Intelligent Assistance Systems

Intelligent assistance systems fulfill the task of supporting employees in their day-to-day work routines. This ranges from providing context-sensitive information for specific tasks to collaborative co-working. While smart sensors assist in optimizing the processes, intelligent assistance systems are designed to aid the employee.

Together with Aschaffenburg University of applied science, APE developed an assistance system, which analyses the manual assemblage of products, identifying them as a sequence of reoccurring gestures. The project was funded by German Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF).
The base technology is the Microsoft Kinect, an optical sensor that is capable of recording video as well as 3D sequences in adequate speed and resolution. While there is always a lack of space for such systems in production environment, the he algorithm that analyses the data has been performance optimized, so that it can be executed on mini PCs that fit the needs.

Further topics solved in this project:

Both mobile, context sensitive systems and collaborative scenarios are pursued as development goals at APE Engineering. The interaction between documents, engineering and IT makes it possible to push back the functional boundaries in both customer and research projects and, together, to turn state-of-the-art technologies and concepts into winning solutions.