Rocos, Boston Dynamics partner to enhance existing capabilities of Spot robot

Robot operations software platform provider Rocos has partnered with Boston Dynamics to enhance the existing capabilities of Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot. Through the partnership, remote mission design and execution, as well as a teleoperation functionality, will be integrated into Spot. 

Built to go where other robots cannot, Spot is a mobile, durable, and customizable robot. Equipped with the Rocos platform, the robot can now be managed from a remote location. Missions can be designed and edited on the fly, and remote teams can access sensor data collected during the mission. The robot can also be manually teleoperated to investigate issues, capture new data, or be redirected as required.

“The age of autonomous robots is upon us. We’re working with organizations like Boston Dynamics to help accelerate the adoption of robotics. By connecting robots to the cloud, we can help them combine a cloud software layer with robotics to achieve physical automation at scale,” explains Rocos CEO David Inggs.

“Our customers are augmenting their human workforces to automate physical processes that are often dull, dirty, or dangerous. I’m excited to be working with the world-class team at Boston Dynamics.”

Capable of navigating rugged environments, Spot collects data in real-time and feeds that data back into existing business systems no matter where they are located.

A variety of industries can benefit from Spot's new capabilities. In the energy sector, real-time anomaly detection is provided, as well as access to historic digital records for comparison. In agriculture, farmers can access information such as more accurate and up-to-date yield estimates, which provides access to a new category of automation, and a safer, more efficient business, the companies say.

Organizations that utilize this joint technology will be able to plan and schedule missions, remotely operate their robots in the exploration of uncharted territory, capture 3D visualizations and other sensor data in their environment, navigate risky or dangerous terrain, and proactively intervene in required situations—all of which is possible in either offline or online modes.

During early testing, the Boston Dynamics team based in the United States navigated previously uncharted terrain in New Zealand, and using Rocos’ web UI, the team was able to remotely access Spot.

“Robotics companies are producing very capable machines for achieving specific tasks. The missing link is a cloud-based platform to connect, monitor and automate the activities of a fleet,” Inggs says.

“With Boston Dynamics and Rocos, organizations can now design, schedule and manage inspection missions remotely.”