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ANYmal: High-Tech Detective for Industrial Inspection Missions

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Country: Switzerland

Year: 2016

Summary

From climbing rubble to detecting gas leaks and inspecting complex facilities, ANYmal quadruped by ANYbotics is the solution for hazardous environments and industrial inspection.

Status: Commercially available

Operation: Autonomous, Teleoperation

Robot Type / Domain: Multi/General-Purpose, Industrial, Other Infrastructure

Tasks: Inspection Solution, Inspection of Complex Environments and Facilities

Whimsical Intro (by addoobot)

You need a tough robot for a tough job. With the way things are going, you could probably send your robot to the gym to pump iron in the future, or you could just get one that’s born tough. Meet ANYmal, the quadruped robot with the DNA of a true animal—strong, agile, fearless, and more. But ANYmal isn’t just brawn; it's got brains too. Discover more about this incredible robot below.

Major Events or News

  • In 2023, ANYbotics secured a $50 million Series B funding round from several deep tech investors. This investment will help ANYbotics scale its operations internationally, further develop its robotic inspection technologies, and reinforce its dominance and competitive position in inspection solutions using robotics.

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$50M Series B Funding

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The Reliable and Robust Solution for Demanding Environments

This quadruped, ANYmal by ANYbotics, is built to tackle the hardest inspection tasks with ease, thanks to its industrial-grade dust and waterproof rating (IP67), advanced design, and exceptional intelligence.

Standing at about 90 cm tall and weighing in at 50 kg, ANYmal is like a sturdy, robotic dog ready to explore complex and hazardous settings. It can handle stairs, gaps, and uneven surfaces without needing any tweaks to the environment. Its legs are designed for both stability and flexibility, so it can climb slopes up to 30 degrees and even tackle 45-degree stairs without breaking a sweat.

ANYmal’s versatility makes it an invaluable tool for any industry that needs a reliable and tough inspection buddy, whether navigating tricky terrains or enduring harsh conditions.

Mastering Autonomous Inspections with Ease and Agility

Got a tricky facility to navigate? No problem for ANYmal! It is smart and autonomous, meaning it can handle all the inspection tasks without any intervention from us humans. It captures high-quality images, reads gauges and displays, checks lever statuses, and more—all on its own. And it does so by optimizing its operation; e.g., by finding the shortest paths, localizing itself within facilities, auto-recharging, and collecting accurate, high-quality data effortlessly.

Thanks to advanced algorithms and AI techniques like reinforcement learning and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), ANYmal adapts and integrates seamlessly into existing systems, no matter how complex. Whether it's climbing stairs, squeezing through tight spaces, or handling rough terrain, ANYmal does it all with ease.

Advanced Sensing and Perception

ANYmal is packed with ready-to-go high-quality sensors that give it superhuman senses. It comes with fully integrated visual and thermal cameras, an ultrasonic microphone, a powerful LED spotlight, LiDAR, and more. Plus, with a payload capacity of an additional 10 kg, you can add custom sensors for specialized inspection tasks.

In addition, ANYmal has advanced perception capabilities, including 360° vision and near-field perception, allowing it to navigate safely and avoid obstacles. Its sophisticated sensors enable detailed inspections and accurate data collection in various industrial environments.

Superior Safety Features

Safety first! ANYmal comes with a bunch of safety features to keep it running smoothly. For example, its user interface is designed with a safety-centric user experience (UX), it includes comprehensive safety training programs and multiple safety certifications. Built-in safety mechanisms, like emergency stop functions and warning lights, ensure that ANYmal operates reliably and safely in all conditions.

Other Features and Benefits

We've only scratched the surface! ANYmal comes loaded with even more fascinating capabilities that make it super user-friendly and incredibly versatile. For example, its control UI is designed to be so intuitive and accessible that even non-experts can handle it with ease. And let's not forget ANYmal API. It offers convenient data access, making it a breeze to analyze and utilize the data ANYmal collects.

ANYmal X - Explosive Capabilities for Explosive Settings

ANYbotics also introduced the ANYmal X in 2022, a groundbreaking quadruped robot designed specifically for hazardous environments. It is the world's first Ex-proof legged robot. Certified for use in Zone 1 explosive atmospheres according to IECEx and ATEX standards, ANYmal X is engineered to perform autonomous inspections in complex and potentially explosive settings such as oil and gas facilities and chemical plants.

Brief History

The journey began as a research project at ETH Zurich, a leading technology university in Switzerland, where work on an innovative robot dog named ALoF was underway. After numerous impressive improvements and new versions of the robot dog, the decision was made to spin off the project into a company. Thus, ANYbotics was born in 2016, co-founded by Péter Fankhauser and Hanspeter Fässler.

Since its inception, ANYbotics' flagship product, ANYmal, has seen significant advancements and the incorporation of many additional capabilities and technologies. ANYmal has become a popular and well-known robot dog worldwide, recognized for its versatility and performance in various challenging environments for inspection tasks.

Fun Corner (by addoobot)

When robot dogs steal the affection of human owners, then have the nerve to complain when they get overworked.
A robot dog in a construction site complaining about being overworked to a real dog who doesn't care

Technical Specifications

Min. Size: 930L  530W  470H (mm)

Min. Size: 36.614L  20.866W  18.504H (in)

Max. Size: 930L  530W  890H (mm)

Max. Size: 36.614L  20.866W  35.039H (in)

Max. Payload: 15 kg

Max. Payload: 33.069 lbs

Weight: 50 kg

Weight: 110.231 lbs

Max. Locomotion Speed: 1.3 m/s

Max. Locomotion Speed: 4.265 ft/s

Max. Slope: 30°

Battery Operated? Yes

Average Runtime: 1.5 hr(s)

Max. Runtime: 2 hr(s)

Battery Recharge Time: 3 hr(s)

Gaits: Static, Dynamic, Walk, Run, Amble, Pace, Trot, Jump, Other

Number of Legs: 4

DOFs per Leg: 3

DOFs per Arm/Manipulator: N/A

DOFs (total): 12

Manipulation: other

IP Rating: IP67

Operating Temperature: -10 ℃ to 50 ℃

Operating Temperature: 14.000 ℉ to 122.000 ℉

Open-source? N/A

Price: N/A

Recharge Time: 3 h for full charge, 100 min for 70% quick charge

Range: 4 km range on a full charge, up to 2 km for a typical inspection mission

Mobility: 45 degrees stairs • Step: 250mm • Walking speed: 1.3m/s (0.75m/s recommended) • Narrow Space: 600mm • Slope: 30 degrees • Gap: 300mm • Suspended: 600mm • Omnidirectional

Sensors: Obstacle sensing: 6× depth cameras • Environment mapping: 360° LIDAR • Tele-operation cameras: 2× wide-angle color cameras

Software: Ubuntu, ROS

Controller & Computing: 2× 8 th Gen Intel Core™ i7 (6-core) CPU with 2× 8 GB Memory (RAM)

Remote Control / Interface: The Operator GUI enables you to create, plan, and launch missions, operate the robot, visualize data from inspection events, and monitor the state and health of the robot.

Power supply: Charger: 110 — 240 V / 50 — 60 Hz

Battery: Swappable Li-ion battery, UN 38.3 certified 932.4 Wh

Data Transmission / Communication: WiFi • 4G/LTE (optional)

Data Storage: 2× 240 GB SSD

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Comment by addoobot - Our Perspective

We think ANYmal is absolutely awesome! It doesn't just look cool; it operates like a pro. It's amazing to see it go from research to a successful commercial product with strong popularity. Kudos to the team at ANYbotics for pushing the boundaries of what's possible with quadrupeds. We have high hopes for more cool innovations from them in the future. What do you think about ANYmal's potential? Let us know below.

addoorable score:
7.80/10
The robot definitely looks professional and strong, like a robot dog bodybuilder, so it's hard to see it as too 'addoorable'. What's your take on its looks?

Top 5+ Qualities (by addoobot)

What we find to be the top qualities of ANYmal by ANYbotics:

  • Exceptional for Industrial Inspection: Whether in hazardous environments or for demanding and complex tasks.
  • Robust Design: Engineered with industrial-grade rating (IP67) and advanced mobility to navigate complex terrains with ease​.
  • Autonomous Operations and Advanced Intelligence: Utilizes advanced algorithms and AI techniques like reinforcement learning and SLAM for autonomous navigation, path planning, data collection, and more.
  • Superior Sensing and Perception: Equipped with high-quality sensors and advanced perception algorithms​.
  • Enhanced Safety Features: Numerous safety features in both hardware and software to ensure safe operations at all times.
  • User-Friendliness and Ease of Use: Designed with an intuitive control UI, accessible ANYmal API, and more.

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alyapix   8 months, 4 weeks ago
awesome Is this the only version they have
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