Ama­zon un­veils cloud-based ro­bot­ics test­ing plat­form for real-world sim­u­la­tion

Global Times - Weekend - - TECH - Xin­hua

US e-com­merce leader Ama­zon’s sub­sidiary Ama­zon Web Ser­vices Inc (AWS) has launched a cloud-based ser­vice, AWS RoboMaker, that will fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ers to develop, de­ploy and test ro­bot­ics ap­pli­ca­tions.

The new ser­vice, which uses the widely de­ployed open source soft­ware Robot Operat- ing Sys­tem (ROS), serves as a plat­form to help ac­cel­er­ate the time-con­sum­ing ro­bot­ics de­vel­op­ment process.

“AWS RoboMaker pro­vides an AWS Cloud9-based ro­bot­ics in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment en­vi­ron­ment for ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment, ro­bot­ics sim­u­la­tion to ac­cel­er­ate ap­pli­ca­tion test­ing and fleet man­age­ment for re- mote ap­pli­ca­tion de­ploy­ment, up­date, and man­age­ment,” AWS said in a state­ment.

The ser­vice of­fers Ama­zon’s ma­chine learn­ing tech­nolo­gies and an­a­lyt­ics that help cre­ate a sim­u­la­tion for real world ro­bot­ics de­vel­op­ment, such as let­ting ro­bots per­form te­dious house chores, dis­trib­ute in­ven­tory in ware­houses or in­spect pipe­lines and high-volt­age wires in dan­ger­ous in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ments.

“AWS RoboMaker’s ro­bot­ics sim­u­la­tion makes it easy to set up large-scale and par­al­lel sim­u­la­tions with pre-built worlds, such as in­door rooms, so de­vel­op­ers can test their ap­pli­ca­tions on-de­mand and run mul­ti­ple sim­u­la­tions in par­al­lel,” said the com­pany.

It added that the ser­vice is now avail­able in North­ern Vir­ginia and Ore­gon in the US and Ire­land in Eu­rope.

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