In the first section of this two-part article, our Birmingham contractor attorneys discussed how robots can perform the most dangerous tasks on a project faster and with more precision than human workers. In this section, we will provide you with some specific examples of how this technology is being implemented into construction.
Global Technology Leader in Robotics
Sarcos Robotics is a technology powerhouse that specializes in creating robotic systems. The company’s mantra is to “combine human intelligence, instinct and judgment with robotic strength, endurance and precision.” With past experience developing military-grade applications and state-of-the-art prosthetics, there most recently designed robotic systems specialize in effectively performing several construction tasks that endanger the lives of human workers.
Newest Robotic Technology
Sarcos Robotics has recently unveiled a few robotic systems that may eventually transform the construction industry. Whether it’s scanning hazardous terrain, effortlessly lifting a thousand pounds of material, or an exoskeleton suit that enhances a human’s strength and endurance, Sarcos’ designs include the following features:
- Guardian S: Rovers are being implemented into construction projects to provide sites with inspection technology that can scan the entire area and upload the data to a cloud-based system instantly. The Guardian S is the most impressive surveillance model on the market. It is capable of traveling over all sorts of terrain (gravel, snow, mud) and can fit in tight spaces like air ducts. Its sophisticated artificial intelligence allows the system to detect hazards, and the technology can also record video and audio utilizing a variety of sensor packages (e.g., GPS, infrared, vibrations). This technology can be utilized not only for infrastructure inspections, but also for tactical situations or hazardous emergencies.
- Guardian GT: The most labor-intensive construction and manufacturing jobs involve workers that are required to lift or transport heavy supplies. Whether it’s loading and unloading materials, erecting infrastructure, or a specialized skill like welding, the Guardian GT is capable of performing all of these hazardous tasks with human-like precision. Designed with two fluid-motion arms that can lift up to 1,000 pounds combined, this human-controlled, dual-armed operating system allows the robotic arms to perform all of the heavy lifting.
- Guardian XO: Currently in the design phase, Sarcos Robotics is developing an “industrial exoskeleton suit” that allows the human wearing the application to effortlessly lift over 200 pounds while also moving freely to perform their tasks. The suit consists of extremely durable materials and is equipped with heavy tools that allow the wearer to perform a wide array of tasks that require maximum strength, precision, and endurance.
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