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I had the chance to attend a current press/analyst briefing at SARCOS robotics headquarters in Salt Lake Metropolis, UT on Might 19, 2022.
The brand new SARCOS headquarters is positioned in a fantastically restored facility within the south west a part of town. The constructing park is known as Trade SLC and the constructing was initially in-built 1943, the place area was as soon as a foundry and solid plenty of important constructions round Utah, together with some early steam engine parts.
Trade SLC is a startup area with dozens of labor areas for younger corporations. SARCOS is the most important tenant within the area.
SARCOS went public in September 2021 through SPAC. The corporate merged with Pittsburgh primarily based RE2 Robotics in March 2022 in a deal price $100M.
This occasion was the primary time that the corporate has briefed analysts since finishing the merger. The corporate has mapped out the highest stage govt capabilities with RE2 Robotics co-founder Jorgen Pedersen shifting into the position of COO. Jorgen was a visitor on The Robotic Report podcast in episode 40.
Kiva Allgood, President and CEO, Sarcos led many of the dialogue in the course of the day. The brand new group will proceed to be headquartered in Salt Lake Metropolis on the Sarcos headquarters, however will retain and develop the engineering group from RE2 with an workplace in Pittsburgh.
Guardian XO exoskeleton
Guardian XO full-body exoskeleton is the world’s first battery-powered industrial exoskeleton. The corporate demo’d an alpha unit of the Guardian XO product, and confirmed it simply lifting a heavy tire. The exoskeleton go well with is able to lifting as much as 200 lb (75 kg).
The demo additionally included the manipulation of a full sheet of plywood, utilizing a vacuum gripper hooked up to the arm of the exoskeleton. The operator was in a position to simply decide up the sheet of plywood, elevate it overhead after which let the exoskeleton maintain the sheet in place overhead whereas the operator used one other device, like a screwdriver, to lock it in place.
The attendees additionally noticed an alpha unit of the subsequent era of Guardian XO. The following era will likely be lighter and extra nimble the present model.
Guardian XT teleoperated dexterous robotic
The Sarcos Guardian XT is a teleoperated dexterous robotic that allows an operator, utilizing stereo VR goggles and movement seize go well with, to see precisely what the robotic sees and remotely function the robots’ arms.
That is one in all Sarcos’ most profitable merchandise. There are a number of use instances for Guardian XT, all of which take away a human from a doubtlessly harmful working scenario. This contains duties resembling paint removing for Navy ships, tree slicing and operations in hazardous environments.
As proven the video demo above, the operator makes use of a hand controller in every hand to place the Guardian XT torso, after which transfer the arms and fingers to understand and function hand instruments. Guardian XT is designed to govern the identical hand instruments utilized by a human or specialised finish effectors will be created and fitted the tip of the arms. That is the case for the tree slicing answer. Form of a real-life Edward Scissorhands expertise.
The Sarcos headquarters has demo items of every of the RE2 merchandise. This included the RE2 Sapien robotic arms and the RE2 Sapien Sea Class underwater ROV.
The corporate said that all the RE2 merchandise will proceed to be developed, marketed and offered going ahead. The corporate didn’t supply any look forward at future merchandise, nevertheless there are some apparent synergies with a mixed product line.
The Sapien Sea Class ROV is an underwater tele-operated pair of robotic arms. The operation of the Sapien Sea Class ROV and the Guardian XT would seemingly be an excellent alternative for the mix of applied sciences to return collectively because the portfolio evolves, though the corporate provided no steering right here.
Allgood described the rapid alternative for Sarcos to optimize their manufacturing and provide chain with the mix of corporations, as they evolve the merchandise and choose element suppliers that may perform throughout the portfolio.
General, the merger of Sarcos and RE2 seems to be a win-win for each organizations as they bring about totally different strengths to the desk. The mixed firm has a variety of job openings in each Salt Lake Metropolis and Pittsburgh and is actively recruiting.
Palms on expertise
I had the chance to get my fingers on each the Guardian XO arm and the Guardian XT in a full demo. The video beneath paperwork that have.
I used to be stunned simply how simple it’s use each merchandise. The Guardian XO arm manipulation is intuitive and the educational curve is brief. It might have been enjoyable to get a full exoskeleton fingers on to expertise the strolling.
The Guardian XT was additionally intuitive. Utilizing the top set to see in 3D, it was simple to orient and place the robotic arms.
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