Cloud giant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has announced the general availability of AWS RoboMaker. Established in 2006 and with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States, AWS is a leader in the cloud arena. Its suite of cloud services includes compute, storage, security and Internet of Things (IoT) packages. AWS RoboMaker is 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 leverages and extends ‘Robot Operating System’ (ROS) - an Open Source robotics software framework. ROS now offers connectivity to AWS’ machine learning, monitoring, and analytics services. These allow robots to “stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend, and learn”. AWS RoboMaker provides software and services that allow AWS’ customers to “develop, test, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale”. To underscore AWS’s support for robotics and Open Source solutions, the company has made ‘AWS RoboMaker cloud extensions for ROS’ source code and documentation available to the public under Apache Software License 2.0.
“When talking to our customers, we see the same pattern repeated over and again,” explained General Manager, AWS RoboMaker, Roger Barga. “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. 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.”
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