SYDNEY, 15 September, 2022 - Earlier this week, Sphere Drones's Boston Dynamics Spot was showcased at IBM's booth during the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo. The event saw Spot demonstrating its abilities over a three-day period.
Breaking down the booth
The Sphere Drones and IBM teams worked together to create a booth designed to present three of Spot's many use cases. After a number of iteration and adjustments the team's landed on the design you see today.
IBM's booth is made up of three sections, gauge reading on the right, leak detection on rough terrain in the centre, and thermal inspection requiring Spot to traverse up a set of stairs.
Persistent Systems MPU5
Ensuring a secure and stable connection to Spot is the Persistent Systems MPU5 smart radio. The MPU5 gives Spot the ability to be controlled from over 10 kilometres away with control link fallbacks such as LTE if a direct stable connection is no longer achievable.
The Fluke SV600 is an acoustic imager designed to pinpoint specific acoustic signatures in an environment. In this specific use case, the Fluke SV600 has been restricted to a known frequency range for leaks, allowing the leaks to be displayed in real-time on the operators display.
Boston Dynamics CAM+IR
Boston Dynamics' CAM+IR payload features a colour ring camera with a 360° field of view, for complete situational awareness while remotely operating the robot. The two main cameras sit on a pan-tilt-zoom head with a 30x optical zoom colour camera and a FLIR radiometric thermal camera.