Amazon Web Services has today announced the availability of AWS RoboMaker, 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 extends Robot Operating System (ROS), which is the most widely used open source robotics software framework, with connectivity to AWS services including machine learning, monitoring, and analytics services to enable a robot to stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend, and learn.
The fleet management of AWS RoboMaker integrates with AWS Greengrass and supports over-the-air (OTA) deployment of robotics applications from the development environment onto the robot. It also offers additional ROS packages that connect to AWS services, making it easier to build robots, add intelligent functions, simulate and test robotics applications, and manage and update fleets of robots.
The service also covers lifecycle management and supports OTA updates with built-in robot registry, security, and fault-tolerance. AWS has also made both source code and documentation of the AWS RoboMaker cloud extensions for ROS publicly available under the terms of the Apache Software License 2.0.
The company has revealed that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Stanley Black and Decker are current RoboMaker customers, using the system to build space rovers and drones for industrial inspection. Currently, AWS RoboMaker is available in US East, US West, and EU (Ireland), with plans to expand to additional regions next year.