Headquarters: Waltham, MA
Established: 1992Public: NOWebsite: https://www.bostondynamics.com
Boston Dynamics is one of the world leaders in mobile robots, tackling some of the toughest robotics challenges. They combine the principles of dynamic control and balance with sophisticated mechanical designs, cutting-edge electronics, and next-generation software for high-performance robots equipped with perception, navigation, and intelligence. Boston Dynamics has an extraordinary and fast-growing technical team of engineers and scientists who seamlessly combine advanced analytical thinking with bold engineering.
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Boston Dynamics focuses on creating robots with advanced mobility, dexterity and intelligence. Their predominantly famous robots right now are SPOT, Handle, Pick, and Atlas.
SPOT – A nimble robot that climbs stairs and traverses rough terrain with unprecedented ease, yet is small enough to use indoors. Built to be a rugged and customizable platform, SPOT has an industry track record in remote operation and autonomous sensing.
Handle – The mobile robot for moving boxes in the warehouse. Handle’s small footprint, long reach, and vision system enable it to unload trucks, build pallets, and move boxes throughout your facility.
Pick – The vision processing solution that uses deep-learning to enable building and depalletizing of mixed-SKU pallets. The Pick system integrates high resolution 3D and 2D sensing to accurately locate a wide variety of boxes in challenging environments. Pick’s vision processing is extremely fast, minimizing robot dwell times and maximizing pick rates.
Atlas – The world’s most dynamic humanoid robot, Atlas is a research platform designed to push the limits of whole-body mobility. Atlas’s advanced control system and state-of-the-art hardware give the robot the power and balance to demonstrate human-level agility.
SPOT goes where wheeled robots cannot, while carrying payloads with endurance far beyond aerial drones. With 360° vision and obstacle avoidance, the robot can be driven remotely or taught routes and actions to perform autonomous missions. Developers can create custom methods of controlling Spot, program autonomous missions, design payloads to expand the robot’s capabilities, and integrate sensor information into data analysis tools.
Handle utilizes deep-learning vision software to identify and locate boxes. It unloads trucks, palletizes, and depalletizes at the push of a button. Handle does multiple jobs with one robot. It’s designed to reach boxes high and low with the ability to fold into a compact form to move throughout your facility, or to another warehouse altogether.
Pick’s deep-learning algorithm identifies box locations and sizes, while its advanced motion planning creates paths for depalletizing. Pick interleaves vision processing and motion execution to send commands to pick boxes quickly and effectively. Pick is easy to configure, minimizing integration time. It’s also compatible with non-rectangular boxes and boxes with holes.
Atlas has one of the world’s most compact mobile hydraulic systems. Custom motors, valves, and a compact hydraulic power unit enable Atlas to deliver high power to any of its 28 hydraulic joints for impressive feats of mobility. Atlas’s advanced control system enables highly diverse and agile locomotion, while algorithms reason through complex dynamic interactions involving the whole body and environment to plan movements. Atlas uses 3D printed parts to give it the strength-to-weight ratio necessary for leaps and somersaults.