Boston Dynamics’ robot dog is becoming more and more self-sufficient Announced The company About Spot Enterprise, the new version of the robot that features a charging cradle to fill its batteries without any human intervention.
The botnet also announced Scout, a new browser-based control system that provides a simplified interface for the Spot online experience, as well as a new robotic arm to help the robot grasp, lift, carry, place and drag a variety of things.
The new features come on the heels of Boston Dynamics’ announcement last June that it is providing a Spot Explorer robot to any company that can afford its price of $ 74,500.
The company says: There are currently more than 400 Spot robots in the world, and the robot has successfully performed hazardous tasks in a variety of harsh environments, such as: nuclear plants, offshore oil fields, construction sites and mines.
Clients leveraged Spot’s mobility, independence, control, and customization to improve operational efficiency, enhance worker safety, and collect critical data.
Spot’s new products are designed to fully operationalize customers’ independent and continuous data collection at remote or hazardous work sites of any size, from wherever they can access their network.
In a lot of industries, customers have locations with critical equipment that are largely understaffed, and it can take hours to send someone to check something relatively simple.
And these clients need to have the robot permanently placed there, that way, the person associated with following up on the alarm or performing a routine check can call the robot.
Boston Dynamics’ web-based Scout software is part of its effort to simplify remote control, and after combining the robotic arm with Scout, the robot should be able to do things like: operate valves, pull levers or rotate handles.
Scout works with the company’s existing Spot Explorer, as well as the new Spot Enterprise robot.
Although the new robot also features other upgrades, such as a more powerful CPU designed to run more advanced autonomy algorithms in the future, autocharging capabilities are the main new feature.
While Spot Explorer’s current battery life is around 90 minutes, the new Spot Enterprise robot can live in a remote location with a charging station indefinitely.
And when combined with Scout, the hope is that companies can use Spot as an alternative to sending people to remote sites.
After the robot gets close enough to the charging station, Spot is able to position itself in such a way that it comes into contact with the charging connectors across the stand.
The carrier also includes a wired internet connection, making it faster and more reliable to download sensor data that Spot collects on his travels.
The system relies on Boston Dynamics server installed on the same local network as the robot to process and compress data before sending it over the Internet.