Amazon Reveals Robotics Plan


Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon company, has announced the availability of AWS RoboMaker, a new service to aid the development of robotics.

According to a statement, AWS Robomaker extends the most widely used robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), by providing connectivity to AWS services such as machine learning, monitoring and analytics.

The Robomaker service also provides an integrated, cloud-based environment for application development, robotics simulation, and fleet management.

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Roger Barga, General Manager of AWS Robomaker, said: “When talking to our customers, we see the same pattern repeated over and again.

“They spend a lot of time setting up infrastructure and cobbling together software for different stages of the robotics development cycle, repeating work others have done before, leaving less time for innovation.



“AWS RoboMaker provides pre-built functionality to support robotics developers during their entire project, making it significantly easier to build robots, simulate performance in various environments, iterate faster, and drive greater innovation.”

Robots currently perform a wide variety of roles, distributing inventory in warehouses, inspecting industrial environments, and collecting data to analyse performance.



Brad Porter, VP and Distinguished Engineer of Robotics at Amazon, also commented: “We regularly evaluate how we can use new technology to bring our customers a better experience.

“Robotics has played a significant role in creating global solutions that help faster deliveries and lower costs for our customers.

“We’re excited to have supported the creation of AWS RoboMaker and to stand behind a service that will help accelerate robotics development and commercial deployments.”

AWS RoboMaker, currently available in the US and Ireland, is scheduled to expand to additional regions in 2019. 

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