Boston Dynamics. “The Future where people and robots become partners”.

Boston Dynamics. “The Future where people and robots become partners”.

Boston Dynamics

Hyundai Motor Group held an online media meeting on the 10th and introduced Boston Dynamics’ technology and business status. Boston Dynamics CEO Robert Platter and Aaron Sounders Chief Technology Officer (CTO) participated in the meeting.파워볼사이트

CEO Platter and CTO Sounders unveiled three robot platforms “Spot,” “Stretch,” and “Atlas” developed by Boston Dynamics at the meeting, and said, “We plan to cooperate with Hyundai Motor Group to establish future product roadmaps and explore which new capabilities and functions will create the greatest value in future robot platforms.”

Q. I thought it was simply a machine when I saw a robot, but it looks like a cute pet when I saw the four-legged walking robot “Spot.”

A. In fact, spots are only machines, but there is a difference that these machines are completely new to use. Basically, it is an industrial robot, but it can also implement various roles such as pets and entertainers.

Q. The natural movement of the spot is impressive. Specifically, what industries will it be put into?

A. The core of the spot is mobility. It is expected to be put into industries such as factories and construction sites that can utilize this. Spot can go anywhere you can step on and cross. Another great advantage is that it can access places that cannot be moved by wheels. In addition, spot can be used as a platform through powerful software and advanced sensors. It can be optimized for each industry.

Q. Is it possible only when there is a vision camera when the robot moves?

A. Spot works based on a camera. Recognize surroundings through lenses and understand depth or depth. Both the height of things and finding a place to step on use a camera. Radar or lidar may be mounted instead, but in that case, the robot becomes larger and heavier. Visual equipment can be different according to the input situation.

Q. Competitors are introducing robots of similar shapes. What are Boston Dynamics’ technical strengths and competitiveness compared to them?

A. Spot shows discrimination from movement. It does not just have four legs, but it creates smoother and more natural movements through advanced software and sensors. Climbing rough rough spots is still a difficult technology to implement in competitors. In addition, our strength is to provide comprehensive solutions such as hardware, comprehensive software, and interfaces.

Q. Do you have any plans to sell small robots such as spots to ordinary consumers?

A. Spot was developed for industrial use and is being introduced for industrial operation. I don’t know if it’s possible in the future, but it’s too much to offer robots with advanced hardware such as spots at low prices right now.

Q. Are there additional robot portfolios under construction?

Currently, it is focusing on commercializing spots, and the test of “Stretch,” which was developed for the purpose of automating warehouses, has just been completed. The company will first demonstrate thousands of units and then cooperate with a small number of customers to put them into practice.

In addition, we are exploring what will be the next robot we will focus on. In particular, we are looking closely at the future manufacturing sites we draw. A space where robots and people work together. However, because there are too many candidates, we are looking for a place to invest more carefully.

Q. Is there any specific commercialization plan for Atlas, a human robot?

A. As Atlas is a research project, there are no plans to commercialize it immediately. But no one knows the future. I believe that the era will come when many robots solve various problems, and Atlas will also be deployed by that time. However, it is currently used for research to solve our problems. This is the stage of applying not only mobility but also various work-related skills. These technologies will be applied to robots to be commercialized in the future.

Q. Are you preparing for external cyber attacks on robots?

A. Of course. We consider security very important. It maintains thorough security for various data and log access. It also values consumer personal information. In this regard, standards for robot development ethics are being established. Trust between humans and robots is important for the robot industry to grow.

Q. There are also concerns that Boston Dynamics’ robots will be weaponized.

A. We thoroughly develop and study robots for industrial use. Customers also agree that they will never weaponize the spot. If our robots are put into the battlefield, it will be a case of helping people avoid dangerous sites safely.

Q. What is the future direction of industrial robots?

A. Robots play a role in improving human life, eliminating risks, and ensuring safety. In the end, sophisticated manipulation is essential for this. Useful abilities such as excellent mobility and operability are incorporated into Atlas.

A society where people and robots work as partners is Boston Dynamics’ mission. The future we think of is a society where people and robots work smoothly and naturally, and communicate with people what robots are doing. Our robot dancing is also to convey its intention through movement.

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