Sarcos Corp., a robotics and sensor company, designs, builds, and produces dexterous, tele-operated robotic systems for use in unpredictable and unstructured environments.
Leveraging more than 30 years of research and development, Sarcos makes revolutionary robotics products designed to save lives and reduce injury by performing tasks that would otherwise be too dangerous or too difficult for humans.
Their products are designed to address unmet needs in the following industries: defense, public safety, manufacturing, oil & gas, construction, transportation, mining, infrastructure inspection and health care.
Originally founded in the early 1980’s as a spin out of the University of Utah, Sarcos has been one of the top recipients of DARPA funding over the past three decades.
Sarcos has a rich legacy of innovation that can be found in a wide variety of applications, ranging from the robotic pirates and dinosaurs at well-known theme parks, to the robotic fountains in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, to NASA space suit testing equipment, prosthetic limbs, and MEMS sensors.
With more than $265 million invested in the development of its technologies, more than $350 million in cumulative revenues, and over 300 patents related to its innovations, Sarcos’ products represent the culmination of decades of advancements in complex electro-mechanical and biologically-inspired engineered systems.
Sarcos is focused on commercializing a family of three dexterous robots that enable human operators to perform tasks in physical environments that are inaccessible or too dangerous for humans, or where the task itself is too dangerous or time consuming for humans to perform safely or efficiently.
The company’s product offering include the Guardian S – Snake and Scorpion Robots.
The Sarcos Snake Robot represents a first-of-its-kind surveillance and inspection robot that is fully capable, cost-effective, and portable. Weighing less than 10 pounds, the Snake Robot can be tele-operated from miles away, can reliably traverse challenging terrains including stairs, culverts, pipes, tanks, and many vertical surfaces, and can facilitate two-way real-time video, voice, and data communication.
The Sarcos Scorpion Robot is an advanced version of the Snake Robot, equipped with precision, force-sensing end-effectors to enable highly dexterous tasks under tele-operation control. As a remote inspection and monitoring tool with optional interventional capabilities, the Snake and Scorpion Robots have wide applicability in industries ranging from public safety, security, non-destructive testing, defense, disaster recovery, infrastructure inspection and maintenance, aerospace, maritime, oil and gas, and mining.
Guardian GT provides an unparalleled combination of dexterity and strength to the operator. Mounted on an agile vehicle base, the dual-armed system can lift payloads up to 1,000 pounds, dexterously, and with minimal human effort. Utilizing Sarcos’ proprietary high-fidelity force reflection technology, the operator feels the scaled forces experienced by the robot arms, even if the system is tele-operated from miles away.
Making the Sarcos GT intuitive, robust, and safe to operate even in dangerous or hazardous environments. It requires minimal training and enables handling of difficult-to-manipulate objects with a high degree of control.
The company also produces Guardian XO – Exoskeleton Robots. Building off of Sarcos’ award winning XOS-2 exoskeleton robot, the Sarcos Guardian XO robot represents the next stages in the evolution of high-performance, highly dexterous, untethered robots.
The Guardian XO is the commercial version of the XOS-2, which augments human strength and endurance, enabling the operator to perform hours of physical activity that would otherwise be impossible for a single human to perform. The XO and XOS will be relevant to a multitude of large global markets, including manufacturing, construction, health care, logistics, oil & gas, public safety and defense industries.
From 2007 until 2014, Sarcos operated as the robotics division of Raytheon known as Raytheon Sarcos. During this period, Raytheon Sarcos was focused exclusively on developing cutting edge technologies for use by U.S. governmental agencies.
In January 2015, the company announced that the business had been acquired by a consortium led by former Raytheon Sarcos President Dr. Fraser Smith and technology and telecom entrepreneur Ben Wolff. Strategic investors include Caterpillar, GE Ventures, Microsoft and Schlumberger.