Enterprise Robotics 101: A Look at the Mimic Spatial Controller

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Two key moments are intersecting right now in the history of robotics. First – robots are increasingly growing in their capabilities, applications, and sophistication. Second – the wide acceptance of robots in the commercial markets have made them commonplace in society, often integrated so seamlessly they can easily be overlooked. This intersection is shaping the relationship between humans and machines that will create new possibilities for enterprise solutions.

As robots prove themselves as practical solutions by enhancing human capability (and vice versa) for the “dull, dirty, and dangerous” technologies like Tomahawk’s Mimic answers the market’s demand for innovative robotic systems. These systems are capable of seamlessly integrating into enterprise-level workflows.

Investment in Enterprise Robotics

As the list of applications for robotics grows longer, and the accessibility of hardware and software increases, evidenced by the falling sensor, hardware, and software prices, further interest and subsequent investment in enterprise robotics will occur. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on robotics systems will total nearly $116 billion in 2019 and will reach just over $210 billion by 2022. As large companies such as Apple, Boeing, and Microsoft invest billions into robotics, the market is clearly primed for disruptive technologies.

Human-Robot Interaction

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is central to understanding the value of robots and the role they play in enterprise solutions. Due to the heightened capability with which UGV’s and UAV’s can collect data, navigate terrain, and enhance human perception – the choice to integrate robotics into a workflow redefines the way companies can plan, execute, and review decisions made in the field.

Mimic is an intuitive spatial controller designed for the broad application to enhance human capabilities in the field. Demonstrating a thorough understanding of sound design principles, this lightweight, one-handed controller relies on a familiar diamond-shaped button layout common on game consoles and simple gestures to control remote UxVs. As a result of recent interest, investment, and cutting edge research in the business sector – robots are capable of performing complex tasks such as surveying dangerous terrain via simple hand gestures. As a result, remote UAV’s and UGV’s require comparably advanced companion technologies like Mimic, from which to perform these tasks.

Mimic and the Robotics Ecosystem

Innovation in robotics and sensors in the 20th century was defined by a UGV’s ability to navigate and survey environments. Today, innovation is characterized by complex tasks relying on cloud access, machine learning, and custom analytics. As a result, Mimic was designed to comply with the latest ROS standards, resulting in broad applicability and scalability via software updates. Fully integrated into the Kinesis Enterprise ecosystem, Mimic is ideal for unmanned fleet command and control-based missions, such as asset tracking, payload delivery, and UAS piloting.

It’s clear the value and promise robotics can bring to businesses will continue to grow. Given the advantages that embracing technologies like Kinesis and Mimic provide, it is in the best interest for companies to develop their strategies for incorporating enterprise robotics into their workflow – especially when it comes to the human-robot relationship. For more information on how Mimic can revitalize your workflow, please visit tomahawkrobotics.com/mimic/.

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