- Boston Dynamics first began selling Spot commercially in June 2020
- It has been used to inspect power plants, oil rigs and construction sites; and smell the symptoms of COVID-19
- SPOT engineer Jack Jakowski says the next market for SPOT is ‘dynamics sensing’, where it collects data from facilities
- The information can improve efficiency and security in unexpected ways, Jakowski said.
- Spot has been employed by Hyundai to patrol a Kia factory in Guangmyong
- Hyundai acquired majority stake in Boston Dynamics for $1.1 billion in June
Boston Dynamics is ready to take its fascinating robots to market in a big way,
Right now, the focus is on the spot, the versatile quadruple first made commercially available in June 2020.
Jack Jakowski, chief engineer of SPOT products, said, “The next big industry for SPOT is actually in this market what we are calling industrial sensing or dynamics sensing. told CNBC in the weekends.
‘[That’s] Where we have robots walking around places like manufacturing plants, chemical plants, utilities [and] And using robots to collect data on what is happening in these facilities in an automated manner,’ he said.
While Boston Dynamics likes to play the softer side of the spot – releasing videos of it and dancing to bops by K-pop sensation BTS and other acts – it is already used by Hyundai patrolling assembly lines at a Kia factory in Gwangmyeong, Korea. has been employed to do. .
Hyundai has equipped the robot with a thermal camera and three-dimensional LiDAR sensing technology that allows it to see humans, determine whether doors are open or closed, monitor high temperature systems, and detect fires. Detect threats.
It can also be controlled remotely, allowing office workers to survey the factory from a central location.
Should this trial run prove successful, Hyundai says it will expand the robot’s patrol areas and consider deployment to additional sites.
Korean carmaker completes purchase of Boston Dynamics from SoftBank Group Corp in June 2021 for an estimated $1.1 billion.
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SPOT engineer Jack Jakowski said the next market for the robotic pooch is ‘industrial sensing,’ where it patrols plants, utilities and installations collecting data to improve safety and efficiency. Image: Hyundai, which acquired a controlling stake of Boston Dynamics in June, has set up a spot at one of the Kia factories in Korea
SPOT has also been used to inspect nuclear power plants, oil rigs and construction sites; Smell the symptoms of COVID-19 and even a flock of sheep.
The yellow and black robots are also being used by the French military in training scenarios and by the New York Police Department, Whose name was changed to ‘Digidog’.
Boston Dynamic first launched the Spot to the commercial market in June 2020, promoting it in a release “As an agile robot that climbs stairs and traverses rough terrain with ease,” and is able to go where other robots cannot “to perform a vast number of tasks.”
Boston Dynamics went public with the Spot in June 2020, offering an entry-level model costing around $75,000. Image: Robot can be controlled remotely
NASA is training robots like Boston Dynamics Spot (pictured) to help them traverse caves on Earth for future missions.
Factory Security Service Robot
Hyundai has upgraded the Spot with a thermal camera and three-dimensional LiDAR sensing technology.
Spot’s new business announcement follows Hyundai’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics in June 2021
This allows it to observe people, determine whether doors are open or closed, monitor high temperature systems and detect fire hazards.
Modified Spot can alert managers through its secure online interface if it detects a threat to factory personnel or infrastructure.
It also enables the robot to be remote-controlled, allowing office workers to inspect and survey factory parts from a central location.
Founded in 1992, Boston Dynamics initially focused on research and development and received most of its funding from the US Department of Defense.
Spot was previously only available for short-term lease under Boston Dynamics’ Early Adopter Program, with only 150 robots used by businesses and research facilities.
Boston Dynamics said it has sold several hundred Spot robots since going public, with the entry-level model priced at about $75,000.
“I hope to become a serial manufacturer of novel robots with advanced capabilities,” the company’s CEO, Robert Plater, told CNBC.
‘I think … every three to five years, we’re going to launch a new robot targeting a new industry.’
Playter said Boston Dynamics is focusing on positioning its other commercial robot, the Stretch, firmly in the storage industry as “a general-purpose box-moving machine that can be used anywhere in the warehouse.”
Online shopping amid the pandemic has skyrocketed the need for efficient order fulfillment services.
‘There are trillions of boxes in the United States that are loaded and unloaded by hand each year. It’s a huge job… a mountain of material that has to be moved,’ Platter told CNBC.
“The stretch is really the power tool to help people move that stuff,” he said.
It is the company’s first robot that was developed to handle just one specific task and can reportedly move 800 boxes per hour.
Boston Dynamics says the Stretch can be installed ‘without the need for costly reconfiguration or investment in new fixed infrastructure’ because it has a small mobile base that allows it to move around in tight spaces and ramp up existing warehouse layouts. allows.
The company says that the Spot will go on sale sometime in 2022, though it will…