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The Guardian™ S multi-purpose, industrial inspection Robot
The Guardian S is a sensor-based inspection robot. Designed to make first-look and confined space inspections more safe an effective, the robot delivers extended run times and long-range wireless operations.
Advanced maneuverability: optimized for unstructured and unpredictable environments, the Guardian S robot is capable of accessing and maneuvering in tight spaces, and navigating uneven, challenging terrain.
Realtime situational awareness: the robot's six high-resolution cameras send video and imagery directly to the operator’s control unit screen.
Sensor-based platform: Additional sensors weighing up to 10 lbs. can be attached to the robots.
Significant Improvements in Power Consumption, Control System Functionality and Load Transfer Put Sarcos on Track for Commercial Release of Guardian™ XO® Max Robot in Late 2019
SALT LAKE CITY and BELLEVUE, Wash. – November 28, 2018 – Sarcos® Robotics, a global leader in robotic systems that augment, rather than replace humans working in the industrial, public safety and military sectors, today announced a number of significant technology advancements for its highly anticipated Guardian XO Max full-body, powered industrial exoskeleton robotic system. The company, which plans to start shipping the Guardian XO Max to customers in early 2020, has completed the assembly of the world’s first all-electric, battery-powered, full-body industrial exoskeleton capable of enabling a human operator to safely lift and manipulate up to 200 pounds for extended work sessions.
Setting the Gold Standard for Power With 17 years of development efforts and more than $175 million invested in R&D, Sarcos has been laser-focused on ensuring the Guardian XO Max is safe, intuitive and power efficient. Initial testing of the next-generation Guardian XO Max has demonstrated an unprecedented reduction in power consumption, with the system requiring less than 400 watts of power while walking at human speed. This reduction represents a 90+ percent decrease in power typically required for humanoid robots while enabling work sessions of up to eight hours on a single charge. Additionally, the unit is designed to allow its battery modules to be “hot swapped” in the field within seconds without loss of power to the unit.
“There are many misperceptions regarding the commercial readiness and viability of full-body industrial exoskeletons that are capable of substantially increasing human strength and endurance, including the amount of power required to operate these machines,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO, Sarcos Robotics. “With our innovations in optimizing power utilization, Sarcos has been able to do what no other robotics company in the world has been able to do with powered exoskeletons or humanoid robots—power a human-scale robot doing meaningful work for up to eight hours on a single charge.”
Simplifying the Exoskeleton Experience In addition to these power advancements, the Guardian XO Max will usher in a new era of intuitive user experiences through implementation of Sarcos’ proprietary advanced control system, called “Get-Out-of-the-Way” control, to simplify the operation and use of these suits.
Designed to eliminate any perception of latency between the movement of the human operator and the exoskeleton, Sarcos’ Get-Out-of-the-Way control system relies on a suite of sensors integrated into the exoskeleton, foregoing the need to affix sensors directly onto the human body. This control system enables the Guardian XO Max to respond to the human operator’s movements in milliseconds, allowing the operator to intuitively control the robot in a way that leverages his or her instincts and reflexes, and minimizes the need for human training. In addition, the exoskeleton design allows a worker to get in and out of the suit in less than one minute.
Reducing Load Strain to Improve Worker Safety Occupational back injuries cost U.S. employers more than $100 billion annually, underscoring the need to improve worker safety and provide a means to eliminate strain on the body. Sarcos has designed the Guardian XO Max to be full-body and fully-powered, meaning the entire weight of the suit, as well as its payload, is transferred through the suit’s structure to the ground. This results in offloading 100 percent of the weight the worker is bearing, as well as the weight of the suit itself, and thereby substantially reducing the operator’s metabolic output and drastically reducing the risk for worker strain or injury. Initial testing of the Guardian XO Max has demonstrated a strength amplification of 20 to 1, making 100 lbs. of weight feel like five lbs. for the user while providing a commensurate increase in productivity.
“The potential for full-body, powered exoskeleton technology is immense—from giving our workers super-human strength without putting added strain on their bodies, to improving productivity and efficiency,” says John Santagate, research director, IDC. “Sarcos’ Guardian XO Max will be a game-changer for the industrial workforce, improving strength and capabilities, reducing the risk of injury on the job, and increasing the quality of life and longevity of workers.”
Expanding Commitment to Exoskeleton Excellence In addition to its product advancements, Sarcos continues to foster innovation in the robotics industry. The company, in collaboration with Virginia Tech University, recently announced a $3 million award from the National Science Foundation to conduct fundamental research to evaluate controls and human-machine interfaces for powered exoskeletons in order to increase productivity and reduce the risk of injury. In addition, Ohio State University’s Spine Research Institute, led by Dr. William Marras, is currently conducting an evaluation of Sarcos’ full-body, powered exoskeleton technology.
Earlier this year, Sarcos also formed its Exoskeleton Technical Advisory Board (X-TAG), which is comprised of executives from leading companies across a variety of industries such as industrial manufacturing, automotive, aviation and aerospace, construction, oil & gas, logistics and utilities. The X-TAG is working to identify key performance and safety requirements necessary to ensure that the Guardian XO Max meets the needs of Sarcos’ customers.
“We’ve already seen significant early interest in pre-orders across numerous industries, and we are working closely with the members of the X-TAG to ensure that the Guardian XO Max delivers on productivity needs, while keeping workers safe and out of harm’s way,” added Wolff.
Sarcos’ Guardian XO Max is expected to be released commercially in late 2019 and begin shipping to customers in early 2020 and will be offered exclusively through a fee-based Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) model. For more information about Sarcos and the company’s full-body, powered exoskeleton technologies, please visit: www.sarcos.com.
SALT LAKE CITY and BELLEVUE, Wash. – March 5, 2019 – Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in the production of robots that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety, including full-body, powered exoskeletons for industrial and military applications, today announced the appointment of Admiral (Ret.) Michael S. Rogers, former Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, to the Sarcos Strategic Advisory Board, and the appointment of Lieutenant General (Ret.) Stephen Lanza, former Army I Corps Commander, as Senior Vice President, Defense.
“The appointments of Admiral Rogers and Lt. General Lanza to these new roles substantially enhance our ability to anticipate and meet the needs of our government customers, with a keen focus on the cyber security of our deployed systems and the opportunity to enhance the safety, productivity and efficacy of our service members,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and chief executive officer, Sarcos.
Before his retirement, Rogers oversaw the U.S. Cyber Command and was the 17th director of the National Security Agency. Rogers also served as intelligence director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pacific Command. He graduated from both the National War College and the Naval War College. He is also a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow, Harvard Senior Executive in National Security alumnus and holds a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.
“Sarcos is uniquely positioned to address the needs of both industrial and government customers with its innovative robotic systems that augment human performance,” said Rogers. “I look forward to working with Sarcos’ management team and the other distinguished strategic advisory board members to ensure Sarcos’ systems meet the security requirements of both the public and private sectors.”
Lt. Gen. Lanza, who also serves on Sarcos’ Strategic Advisory Board, previously held numerous senior command assignments, including I Corps commanding general and commander of the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Lanza has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Lanza also served as a National Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lanza graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School for Advanced Military Studies. He also earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College.
In this newly created role, Lt. Gen. Lanza will lead Sarcos’ defense business, with a primary focus on military applications for Sarcos’ full-body, battery-powered exoskeleton which will be commercially available next year.
“I am honored to join the Sarcos executive team,” said Lanza. “I have experienced first-hand the innovative products and technologies that Sarcos has developed. They represent a meaningful opportunity to create an advantage over our near-peer competitors, and I look forward to raising awareness among the defense community that these technologies have evolved from science fiction concepts of the past to products that are deployable now.”
For more information about Sarcos, visit https://www.sarcos.com/company/
ABOUT SARCOS Sarcos Robotics is the world’s leader in mobile, dexterous, tele-operated robots that combine human intelligence, instinct and judgment with robotic strength, endurance and precision to augment worker performance. Leveraging more than 25 years of research and development, Sarcos makes revolutionary robotics products designed to save lives, reduce injury and improve productivity, including the Sarcos® Guardian™ S, Guardian™ GT, and Guardian™ XO™. Sarcos is revolutionizing a myriad of industries by deploying robots that will create the safest, most productive and cost-effective work force in the world. Sarcos’ investors include Caterpillar, GE Ventures, Microsoft, and Schlumberger. Sarcos is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with additional offices in the Seattle area. For more information please visit www.sarcos.com.
March 18, 2019 by Sarcos
SALT LAKE CITY and BELLEVUE, Wash. – March 18, 2019 – Today, Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in robotic systems that augment, rather than replace humans working in the industrial, public safety and military sectors, announced that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its Guardian™ XO® (“XO”) full-body, autonomously powered robotic exoskeleton. The XO is capable of operating for up to eight hours per battery charge while walking at three miles per hour and carrying up to 200 pounds of payload. With the ability to “hot swap” rechargeable batteries in the field, XO run-time is essentially unlimited.
The USSOCOM XO contract follows Sarcos’ recent announcements regarding collaborations with both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy to develop and evaluate variations of the Guardian™ XO® for use cases specific to these services. With 17 years of development efforts and more than $175 million invested in R&D, Sarcos has been laser-focused on ensuring the Guardian XO Max is safe, intuitive and power efficient. Sarcos recently shared significant power and performance enhancements to the XO, including significant improvements in power consumption, control system functionality and load transfer.
Two-way, real-time video, voice, & data communication
Multi-purpose, man-portable mobile IoT platform
All-terrain, state-of-the-art visual surveillance:
The Guardian S robot implements optional cloud computing functionality through the Sarcos® Command Center. It incorporates all aspects of robot control, data gathering and analysis in an easy-to-use cloud-based platform.
The Guardian™ XO® robot was born of a fundamental need to work more efficiently while preventing injury, it is the perfect synergy of human and machine and will revolutionize the way work gets done.
Uniquely suited for safer, more productive manufacturing/assembly, construction, field service, and warehouse/logistics use cases, the Guardian XO robot enables a single worker to deliver the productivity of many, while significantly reducing the risk of occupational injury.
The Guardian XO robot features:
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