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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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Fleet and multi-robot simulations in AWS RoboMaker

Robotics developers often need to run a fleet of robots in a simulation. Common scenarios include: Verifying the robots are able to navigate past each other in the same environment Collecting data from multiple robots running at the same time for a custom data-driven application Using machine learning to train robots how to react to […]

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Building a ROS-Application CI Pipeline with AWS RoboMaker

Building and testing robot applications for dynamic and changing real-world environments are difficult and complicated tasks. Developers have to consider virtually endless number of real-world situations, build their applications to withstand a variety of hardware-related issues, and produce algorithms and applications that can be successfully integrated with code written by their teammates. For many companies, […]

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Introducing Batch Simulation API for AWS RoboMaker

There are many benefits of using simulation in robot application development. One, a company may have a new product idea and wants to design, test and iterate on a set of prototypes before investing in physical hardware. Two, once you have a physical robot created, developers may not have access to expensive or large physical […]

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Calling all Roboticists! re:MARS registration is now open

UPDATE: We have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and after much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel re:MARS 2020. Our top priority is the well-being of our employees, customers, partners, and event attendees. Over the course of the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to engage the community. To stay […]

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Introducing Log-based Simulation for AWS RoboMaker

Roboticists test their robot applications in simulations to understand how applications behave in different environments. This helps roboticists debug their applications and develop resilient robots. Recently, AWS launched log-based simulation in AWS RoboMaker. Log-based simulation eases the burden of building and managing infrastructure for log-based simulations. In the world of Robot Operating Systems (ROS), a ROS bag is a file containing the […]

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