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In Step with Spot

To celebrate Boston Dynamics joining the Hyundai Motor Group family, Spot joined BTS for a dance off. We documented how that dance developed from an idea to reality—the goals, the inspirations, and the challenges of choreographing robots. Kathleen Brandes, a software engineer on the Spot team, notes, “Every time we make a new video, the ability of the robot is improved. It looks fluid and artistic on film, but we need to make it work on hardware first.” 

All Together Now

At first, it’s not quite clear what you’re looking at. The yellow robots, sitting in silence, are lined up so closely that they almost resemble deck chairs stacked on top of one another. Then, in time with the music, their arms shoot out into a fluid series of patterns, giving the appearance of a single, many-armed robot peacocking for the camera. Finally, the seven Spots separate, synchronizing their steps and appearing to play off of one another’s dance moves. 

Automated Construction Site Documentation

The construction industry hasn’t always been quick to embrace new technologies, but more recently (accelerated in part by the pandemic) there has been a surge in new construction tech. New automation, robotics, and digital transformation technologies are affording opportunities to disrupt processes that are traditionally very labor-intensive. Chief among these are data capture tools and methodologies that offer construction companies greater visibility into their projects by effectively monitoring progress across their jobsites. 

Spot’s Year in the Real World

It’s been a little over a year since Spot graduated from our early adopter program and was released for sale. Our early adopters helped us answer the question, “Can robots handle the real world?” Our customers’ experience with Spot over the past year has answered a follow up question, “Where is Spot adding value?

Teach a Robot Dog New Tricks with the Spot API

Many applications for Spot are centered around the robot's ability to collect frequent, consistent, reliable data. We've been working on tools to help customers use the Spot API to integrate machine learning (ML) into those applications, so they can make the most use of the data collected by the robot. Machine learning algorithms help Spot find and apply patterns in that data. These integrations allow Spot to do things like identify specific objects in its environment and respond based on what it detects.

Get Executives On-Board for Game-Changing Robotics

Agile mobile robots have been helping industry leaders operate more intelligently, efficiently and safely. More capable than ever before, these robots can go anywhere that people can on your sites, carrying sensors and computers to collect and process data at the edge. 

Why Warehouse Automation Needs Purpose-Built Computer Vision

On the surface, automated depalletizing looks relatively straightforward. A computer vision system identifies a box and then a robotic arm with a gripper lifts the box off a pallet and onto a conveyor belt. However, solving carton location and path planning to successfully unpack a pallet requires highly advanced perception and intelligent vision processing algorithms.

How Flexibility Simplifies Warehouse Automation

Over the past year, COVID-19 has put a huge strain on warehouse operations—making hiring and staffing a challenge, while simultaneously accelerating the demand for fast, effective e-commerce services. Even as social distancing restrictions lift, e-commerce adoption rates continue to rise dramatically, highlighting the need for ongoing solutions to fulfillment, shipping, and delivery challenges. The warehousing industry is primed for an automation boom to support this new landscape.

How Mobile Robots Improve Industrial Safety

According to a recent survey from McKinsey, automation transformation is a priority for 88 percent of respondents in heavy industry, but under 5 percent have actually seen significant bottom-line improvements from these projects. Automation is nothing new for industrial and manufacturing companies hoping to improve efficiency, safety and reliability. So why aren’t they seeing better ROI on these new initiatives?

3 Reasons Mobile Robots Are Right for Your Inspection Needs

In an industrial setting, equipment failure or faulty infrastructure can often result in dangerous working conditions and require costly unplanned downtime to repair. But reliable inspections to know when key equipment or facilities need maintenance can be a challenge.