One to sort them all
First automatic Lego™ bricks sorting system
Hardware Price: $9,231.10
DISBY™ is the world first automated Lego™ brick sorting system. It features a novel AI system that recognizes bricks based on a minimal formal description retrieved from the internet (e.g. size, weight and description). It will be capable of sorting over 1200 bricks per hour. The current prototype reached a speed of 500 bricks per hour.
The Lego™ brick ecosystem consists of over 150.000 different pieces that greatly vary in size and topology. The problem to sort bricks is very multi-dimensional with many challenges:
Brick segmentation: It is very hard to quickly and efficiently separate bricks in a single brick row , which is needed for recognition.
Brick recognition: Due to diverse bricks topology and the sheer number of different bricks it is impossible to simply teach the machine to detect each part
Brick sorting: Some kind of fast cache storage is needed
Long term storage: Automated long term storage for over 100.000 boxes
The prototype solved the first two tasks using very fast, durable and precise linear guides for igus.
Brick recognition: The ALTUMVI team developed an AI that is capable to efficiently recognize the bricks based on minimal formal brick definition that can be collected from the internet .
Brick sorting: Very fast and durable local storage cache was developed to facilitate over 140 different boxes
Fully automated brick sorting.
AI that auto recognizes bricks from minimal formal description.
Local cache for 144 different brick types.
Automated local cache emptying system.
Prototype working 9 bricks per minute (final speed is aimed to be 20 bricks per minute or above).
Designed for 24/7 operation.
All planning, software and hardware development and manufacturing was done by the ALTUMVI team in-house.