Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. These technologies deal with automated machines that can take the place of humans in dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in appearance, behavior, and/or cognition.
Samsung Electronics and Tomahawk Robotics, an unmanned common control systems company, are partnering to provide a combined offering of the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition smartphone and Tomahawk Robotics’ Kinesis. Kinesis is a highly intuitive, versatile, and secure common control system for mobile, field-deployed robotic platforms.
To realize the full potential of the military’s use of tactical robotic systems, it is imperative that operators control robotic platforms from an intuitive, affordable, highly portable ground control station. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 TE combined with Tomahawk Robotics’ Kinesis universal command and control software provides this capability for the DOD’s major robotics programs of record, such as SMET, CRS-I, and SRR.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with Samsung,” said Brad Truesdell, CEO, Tomahawk Robotics. “Samsung and Tomahawk Robotics combined offering is extremely well-positioned as a low SWAP, low-cost solution for robotic command and control, that brings immediate interoperability with a number of major military robotic PORs.”
Building on the demonstrated desire of the US DOD to leverage commercial solutions for the tactical space as evidenced by the Nett Warrior program, Tomahawk and Samsung are uniquely positioned to provide the lightest weight, most capable universal command and control solution for tactical unmanned systems. As a COTS solution, Kinesis running on Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition smartphones deliver faster fielding and more flexibility for warfighters – a solution that provides front line troops with greater situational awareness and intuitive, common control in the most uncontrollable situations.
An unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is a vehicle that operates while in contact with the ground and without an onboard human presence. UGVs can be used for many applications where it may be inconvenient, dangerous, or impossible to have a human operator present.
Unmanned spacecraft are spacecraft without people (“man”) on board, used for unmanned spaceflight. Unmanned spacecraft may have varying levels of autonomy from human input, they may be remote controlled, remote guided or even autonomous (“robotic”). Many habitable spacecraft also have varying levels of robotic features.
A robotic spacecraft is a spacecraft with no humans on board, usually under telerobotic control. A robotic spacecraft designed to make scientific research measurements is often called a space probe. Many space missions are more suited to telerobotic rather than crewed operation, due to lower cost and lower risk factors. In addition, some planetary destinations such as Venus or the vicinity of Jupiter are too hostile for human survival, given current technology.