August 5, 2021
Sarcos Robotics and T-Mobile have announced a collaboration to integrate T-Mobile 5G connectivity into the Sarcos Guardian XT mobile industrial robot. The Guardian XT is a remote-controlled robotic system designed to help humans safely work in hazardous conditions, performing tasks such as lifting heavy materials or using power tools at significant heights. With the 5G integration, the companies said they aim to improve performance and response time for remote operations, allowing robots to perform tasks more quickly and more in tune with their operator’s movements.
The Guardian XT is an upper-body variant of the company’s Guardian XO full-body, battery-powered industrial exoskeleton. The XT is platform-agnostic, and can be mounted to several different mobile bases to access hard-to-reach or elevated areas. It is geared to many industries, including aerospace, automotive, aviation, construction, defense, industrial manufacturing, maritime, and oil & gas. Both the Guardian XO and Guardian XT robots are expected to be commercially available by the end of 2022, the company said.
The T-Mobile and Sarcos collaboration begins with integrating 5G to develop a remote viewing system powered by T-Mobile’s 5G network. This allows workers, supervisors, outside experts and others – whether they are local or remote – to watch tasks being performed by the robot as it is controlled by an operator in the field. The second phase of the development expects to include full T-Mobile 5G wireless network integration, allowing teleoperation of the Guardian XT robot over 5G, giving operators more flexibility and increasing their safety by letting them perform tasks from a distance.
“We are proud to collaborate with T-Mobile and we’ve made great progress leveraging their 5G network to enable the remote viewing management system,” said Scott Hopper, executive vice president of corporate and business development at Sarcos. “This is a significant first step and we’re eager to continue the development toward full 5G wireless connectivity that will unlock a variety of new capabilities, including remote teleoperation, as we prepare for commercial availability.”
John Saw, executive vice president of advanced and emerging technologies at T-Mobile, said the robot requires a reliable and low latency 5G network. “5G was designed from the ground up for industrial applications such as this and we cannot wait to further collaborate with Sarcos as they develop the next big thing in industrial robotics.”
Earlier this year, Sarcos announced it will become publicly listed through a merger transaction with Rotor Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 2021, at which point the combined company’s common stock will trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol STRC.
For more details on the robot, visit the Sarcos website here.