Implementing new robotic applications and operating a large fleet of robots requires a lot of software. ROS is great for developing the software required on the robot itself, but there is so much more that is needed, and that software just doesn’t yet exist off-the-shelf or open-source. A lot of that “other” software spans multiple systems and categories including on-prem servers, cloud, and user-interfaces, and includes things like health monitoring, remote teleop, configuration management, and elevator integration. See the image below for a longer list of examples. In talking with at least half a dozen robotic startups we have learned that many of us have been developing the same kind of software capabilities in isolation, which is wasteful when most of that software does not provide differentiation in the marketplace. We feel that there is a gap, and we propose to fill it. If you are interested, please read more in this blog post we just published:
We’d love to hear what you think, and we especially want to hear from you if you are interested in working with us on this or have a need for one of these capabilities. Please reach out or comment. Thanks.