Boston Dynamics has long been knowndevelopment of advanced robots. First of all, she is famous for creating amazing robots that look like animals and people. At one time, she developed the BigDog robot for the DARPA military agency, then there was the cheetah robot CHEETAH and even the six-legged robot RiSE, able to climb vertical surfaces. This year, a competitor appeared at Boston Dynamics robots, which by December not only learned how to walk and lift a load, but even even worked with their own kind.
The main competitor of Boston Dynamics
Digit Robot Created by Agility Roboticsfrom Oregon State University. He also has two legs and a pair of arms that can lift weights up to 18 kg and even catch falling objects. He is already credited with a great future in the field of parcel delivery: and not just like that, after all, Agility Robotics recently published a video showing the teamwork of two Atlas robots.
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Robots were able to drag three boxes from onetables to another, working together. One Atlas robot took the box, in the middle of the way passed it to another, which then moved it to the second table. The test took place in an office with two tables. For robots to understand what they need to do, special matrix codes for recognition were placed on the boxes.
Why robots constantly carry boxes
At the end of the experiment, robots successfullycoped with the task. It is not surprising that Agility Robotics decided to work out just such a case, because now the company is working with Ford on a hybrid package delivery project without human intervention. The idea is that the car on autopilot itself would drive up to the recipient's house, the robot would pick up the parcel, carry it to the door and return to its place. Would you accept a parcel from such a courier? Share in our Telegram chat.
"Since self-driving cars in theorycan move people and goods at the same time, they have great potential to make delivery even more convenient and efficient. Delivery service could be combined with delivery, throwing packages between passengers. And as our pilot programs have shown, it’s not always convenient for people to leave their homes to pick up packages, and for enterprises to launch their own delivery services. If we can free people to think less about supply chain logistics, they can turn their time and energy into things that really deserve their attention, ”said Ken Washington this year, vice president of research and development, CTO Ford .
Digit is built on the platform of the Cassie robot. At the same time, it is more perfect, thanks to the presence of a torso, arms and a variety of sensors, allowing it to better navigate in space. This allows the robot to move around rooms and stairs cluttered with objects. On his head is a lidar for comprehensive tracking of obstacles. In addition to the lidar, Digit also has stereo cameras for observing objects.
Lidar - This is a technology for compiling a three-dimensional map, which is used in self-driving cars (and robots) to estimate the distance for objects and view the road in front of them.
Of course, the main goal of developers is to achieveThe same flexibility of movement as Boston Dynamics robots. However, there is also a pronounced commercial component: the developer of Digit plans to start selling robots in 2020. To whom? As an option - to companies that work in the entertainment sector and in the delivery of parcels. For example, he will be able to deliver food from restaurants, reducing the need for live couriers and autonomous robots with wheels.