Robotics have long been a bit of a white whale for Qualcomm. The burgeoning field is a pretty logical next step for the chipmaker, which seems to have its foot in every other aspect of electronics, these days.
Anki, Sony and iRobot have all used them in products to date. , Today at MWC, however, Qualcomm announces a more aggressive push into the field of Robotics RB3 Platform.
The SDA / SDM845-based Platform builds on past learnings in the field of robotics and drones to develop a set of hardware and software tools designed specifically to develop future robots. LTE connectivity (5G robots will have to wait, apparently), Qualcomm's AI engine and sensor processing for things like mapping and navigation.
Along with Qualcomm's own software offerings Amazon's recently announced AWS RoboMaker and Ubuntu.
Anki, Misty and JD are among the already-announced early adopters of the platform, which is currently available as a dev kit. Commercial applications are set to arrive later this year.