Blog Post - Nov 5, 2019

Blog Post - Nov 5, 2019

Spot 1.1: Autowalk & Payloads

Easy-to-use autonomy, payload support, and other improvements added to Spot platform

We're excited to announce Spot Release 1.1, which adds easy-to-use autonomy, payload support, and other improvements to the Spot platform. Here's what's new:

Autowalk

  • Record Spot’s actions through an environment and play them back autonomously.
  • Avoid obstacles during autonomous playback.
  • Supports single-floor environments.
  • Spot CAM actions supported during recording and playback.

Payloads

  • Teleoperation and reality capture with Spot CAM™.
    • Stream video over WebRTC.
    • Capture full color spherical images.
    • Optional 30x optical zoom PTZ camera.
    • LED light array.
    • 2 way audio with push to talk.
  • Expanded power and communication options with Spot GXP™.
    • 5, 12, or 24V regulated power output.
    • RJ45 standard ethernet adapter.
    • Support for hardware motor inhibition and hardware motor power interlock.
  • Configure custom payload mass, inertia, collision geometry, and network settings in the Spot admin console.

Triage Logs

  • Filtered log data download: Produces smaller log file downloads, which are easier for use in support requests.

Privacy Mode

  • A new privacy mode is available. It is enabled using the robot controller General Settings page.
  • When privacy mode is enabled, the robot will not record any images, point clouds, or sensor data.

Spot Controller Tablet

  • User interface improvements overall in addition to UI updates corresponding with new SpotCheck, Spot CAM, and autonomy features.

Spot Admin Console

  • Improvements to the robot’s web-based admin console including embedded text on Spot CAM USB stick encryption.

SpotCheck

  • SpotCheck is a feature activated on the robot controller to diagnose issues with Spot's vision and mobility systems and recalibrate them if necessary.

API Features

  • ImageService exposes depth maps from on-board stereo cameras as additional image sources. Image Sources specify an ImageType to differentiate depth maps from grayscale images.
  • PayloadService is a new service that lists all known payloads on the robot.
  • SpotCheckService is a new service which runs actuator and camera calibration.
  • Software E-Stop supports soft timeouts. In v1.0 if an E-Stop endpoint stopped checking in, the power would be immediately cut. Now the E-Stop endpoint can be configured so Spot will attempt to sit followed by cutting power. The timeout parameter for an E-Stop endpoint specifies when the sitting behavior starts, and the cut_power_timeout parameter specifies when the power will cut off.
  • TerrainParams are added to MobilityParams to provide hints about the terrain that Spot will walk on. Coefficient of friction, and whether the terrain is a grated are options.
  • Log Annotations support two new types of logs: Blob for large binary data, and LogTick for time-series data.

Mobility Features

  • Grated mode for walking on industrial grated surfaces.
  • Improved robot balance when knees hit their extension limits while loaded.
  • Improved gravel & penetrable surface mobility with vision enabled.
  • Client settable ground coefficient of friction over API.

 

Existing customers will be able to download the release and accompanying documentation next Monday, November 11th at 10am (EST).