Amazon Web Services Announces AWS RoboMaker

New service enables developers to quickly and easily build
intelligent robotics applications

AWS customers NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Stanley Black & Decker,
Robot Care System, and Apex.AI all using AWS RoboMaker to build space
rovers, drones for industrial inspection, and elderly care robots

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN),
today announced the availability of AWS RoboMaker, a new service that
makes it easy for developers to develop, test, and deploy robotics
applications, as well as build intelligent robotics functions using
cloud services. AWS RoboMaker extends the most widely used open source
robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with
connectivity to AWS services including machine learning, monitoring, and
analytics services to enable a robot to stream data, navigate,
communicate, comprehend, and learn. AWS RoboMaker provides an AWS
Cloud9-based robotics integrated development environment for application
development, robotics simulation to accelerate application testing, and
fleet management for remote application deployment, update, and
management. To get started with AWS RoboMaker, visit http://aws.amazon.com/robomaker.

Robots are machines that sense, compute, and take action. More and more,
a wide range of robots are becoming part of our everyday lives,
performing tedious house chores, distributing inventory in warehouses,
and inspecting pipelines, smokestacks, and high-voltage wires in
dangerous industrial environments. Robots accomplish these tasks through
instructions expressed in software applications that receive and process
sensor data and control actuators that create movement and action. While
it sounds simple in theory, developing, testing, and deploying
intelligent robotics applications is difficult, time consuming, and
demands a diverse set of hard-to-acquire skills. For example,
implementing intelligent robotics functions like object recognition,
natural language processing, or autonomous movement requires the machine
learning knowledge of a data scientist. Setting up a development
environment takes days of configuring the infrastructure and software.
Creating realistic simulators to test robotics applications in multiple
virtual environments takes months to build the software and
infrastructure needed to run multiple simulations in parallel. Once an
application has been completed, a developer still needs to either build
or integrate with an over-the-air (OTA) system to deploy the application
onto the robot and then update the application on the robot while it is
in use. All of this effort severely limits the number of robots and
intelligent functions in use today.

AWS RoboMaker addresses these challenges by providing an integrated set
of software and services for customers to develop, test, and deploy
intelligent robotics applications at scale. Within the AWS RoboMaker
robotics development environment, developers can start application
development with a single click in the AWS Management Console. AWS
RoboMaker automatically provisions the underlying infrastructure and it
downloads, compiles, and configures the operating system, development
software, and ROS. AWS RoboMaker’s robotics simulation makes it easy to
set up large-scale and parallel simulations with pre-built worlds, such
as indoor rooms, retail stores, and racing tracks, so developers can
test their applications on-demand and run multiple simulations in
parallel. AWS RoboMaker’s fleet management integrates with AWS
Greengrass and supports over-the-air (OTA) deployment of robotics
applications from the development environment onto the robot. AWS
RoboMaker also offers additional ROS packages that connect to AWS
services, which developers familiar with ROS can easily use to build
advanced functions into their robotics applications. AWS RoboMaker cloud
extensions for ROS include Amazon Kinesis Video Streams ingestion,
Amazon Rekognition image and video analysis, Amazon Lex speech
recognition, Amazon Polly speech generation, and Amazon CloudWatch
logging and monitoring. All of this makes it easier to build robots, add
intelligent functions, simulate and test robotics applications, and
manage and update fleets of robots.

“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,” said Roger Barga, General Manager, AWS RoboMaker.
“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.”

As part of AWS’s ongoing support for robotics and open source
communities, AWS has made both source code and documentation of the AWS
RoboMaker cloud extensions for ROS publicly available under the terms of
the Apache Software License 2.0. AWS contributes to the development of
the latest version of ROS, namely ROS2, and is a member of the ROS2
Technical Steering Committee. AWS’s contributions to ROS2 include
real-time messaging, security, and authentication, as well as working
with the robotics community to migrate source code packages from ROS1 to
ROS2.

Amazon empowers a smarter, faster, more efficient fulfillment process
through the use of automation, robotics, and advanced technologies. “We
regularly evaluate how we can use new technology to bring our customers
a better experience,” said Brad Porter, VP and Distinguished Engineer,
Robotics at Amazon. “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. We believe AWS RoboMaker will be
impactful to advanced robotics operations across the world by greatly
decreasing cost and time to production.”

Stanley Black & Decker provides the tools and innovative solutions for
the builders, protectors, makers, and explorers. “We are planning to use
autonomous ground vehicles and drones to make the construction industry
more productive while reducing construction rework costs. Using a
variety of imaging sensors, the collected data can be used to create 3D
site models for planning and streamlining construction activities,” said
Hamid Montazeri, VP of SW Engineering and Robotics at Stanley Black &
Decker. “With AWS RoboMaker, we are able to easily test the robotics
related software applications in a cloud environment, and rapidly
generate synthetic imaging data to train our 3D site model creation
algorithms. AWS RoboMaker also provides the ideal fleet management
solution for use on ground vehicles and drones. The integration between
AWS RoboMaker fleet management and AWS Greengrass makes it really easy
to enable communications among ground vehicles, drones, and IoT
solutions.”

Robot Care Systems (RCS) enables elderly and disabled people to live
safely and independently through technology. “AWS RoboMaker
exponentially increases the capabilities of Lea, an autonomous robot
assistant for the elderly and disabled,” said Dimitrios Chronopoulos,
Lead Mobility Engineer, Robot Care Systems. “Lea is interactive, keeps
the elderly safe and active, while it can talk to you, navigate around
your house and keep you connected with family and doctors. We have used
AWS RoboMaker cloud extensions for ROS to enhance Lea with video and
telemetry data streaming, and voice interaction capabilities using
services like Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Lex, and Amazon Polly. These cloud
services and extensions provided by AWS RoboMaker have enabled us to
rapidly develop new features, while breaking the limitations of small
on-board computing power.”

Open Robotics works with industry, academia, and government to create
and support open source software for the global robotics industry, from
R&D to commercial deployments. “AWS’s support for our products,
including ROS2, will significantly advance our goal of making open
platforms the basis for all robotics applications,” said Brian Gerkey,
CEO, Open Robotics. “With ROS and Gazebo available via AWS, it’s now
easier than ever for developers to get started and for companies to
integrate these tools into their workflow. I can’t wait to see the new
and innovative ROS-based robots that will be developed.”

FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs that build not only
science and technology skills and interests, but also self-confidence,
leadership, and life lessons. “We’re excited to utilize AWS RoboMaker,
helping make it easier for students of all ages to develop, test, and
deploy robotic applications,” said Don Bossi, President, FIRST.
“Offerings like these make it easier for FIRST to meet its
mission – to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders
and innovators by engaging them in mentor-based, science-focused
programs.”

AWS RoboMaker is available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon),
EU (Ireland), and will expand to additional regions in the coming year.

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