AWS Robotics Blog

Category: Announcements

Accelerating the pace of innovation with robotics startups and AWS

To support the robotics start-up community, AWS invited early-stage robotics startups for a three-day program to learn and build with AWS Robotics business and technical experts. The AWS Robotics Startup Acceleration program was held virtually, August 17-August 19, 2021 with founders and technical executives from robotics startups. 

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AWS RoboMaker now supports ROS2 Foxy Fitzroy featuring Navigation2

AWS RoboMaker now supports ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy (Foxy), enabling developers to use Foxy during development or simulation. In ROS 2, Navigation2 (Nav2) is the second generation of the ROS Navigation software stack, enabling robots to move autonomously from point A to B. Nav2 includes new features not previously available in ROS that help developers improve the performance of their robot’s navigation and enables new robotics use cases within logistics, hospitals, or security. In this blog, I review Nav2 features and architecture, and show you how to use Nav2 in AWS RoboMaker.

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Introducing upload configurations for AWS RoboMaker Simulation

Introduction AWS RoboMaker now supports data upload configurations within simulation jobs. This capability allows developers to define the type of simulation data they want to upload, choose the upload behavior, and reliably upload the simulation data to their preferred Amazon S3 output location. This functionality makes it easier for developers to review or analyze application […]

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PR2 navigating the Hospital World

Testing a PR2 Robot in a simulated Hospital World

Nowadays, risk of spreading disease is a key concern in hospitals, where doctors, nurses and other caregivers are on the front lines helping patients. Hospitals have started using robots in daily operations such as contactless delivery and room disinfection to reduce risk of spreading disease. As the need for robots in healthcare grows, better tools are needed to build, test, and deploy robotics applications quickly and safely. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has developed a Gazebo simulated Hospital World and published it as open source so that robotics companies within the Healthcare industry can more easily test their robots in a simulated hospital environment. In this blog, I will provide an overview of the hospital and share my experience using it to test a PR2 robot, including software failures that I encountered that you may find helpful.

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NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Open Source Rover

Navigating robots on Mars: Results of the AWS JPL Open Source Rover Challenge

Earlier this year, we held the AWS JPL Open Source Rover Challenge, a four-month competition where participants from around the world used deep reinforcement learning to drive digital robot models on a virtual Mars landscape. Participants created autonomous navigation models for the robot and trained them in AWS RoboMaker simulation. The virtual robot used in […]

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AWS RoboMaker

Easily record and store robotic application data with the S3 rosbag cloud extension for AWS RoboMaker

The S3 rosbag cloud extension enables customers to easily configure and record data from robots as rosbags, and upload them to Amazon S3, which they can later use to analyze events, troubleshoot existing applications, and provide as inputs to AWS RoboMaker log-based simulation for regression. In this blog, we will review three ROS nodes in the S3 rosbag cloud extension that create and upload rosbag files from the robot to Amazon S3, with hands-on examples of how to use the nodes.

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AGV utilizing Box Robotics Warehouse HD technology to perform real-time 3D mapping of a facility

ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy: Setting a new standard for production robot development

The highly anticipated Robot Operating System 2 distribution Foxy Fitzroy (ROS 2 Foxy) has been released. ROS 2 Foxy is the most secure and reliable ROS distribution to date for production robotics application development. In this blog, we highlight key features and improvements available in this new release.

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