What is The Construct?

Written by Ricardo Tellez

15/05/2015

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In The Construct we provide robotics simulators in the cloud. We have taken the Spotify business model and translated it to the robotics simulator world.

What can you expect from The Construct? Best than words, are images…

In The Construct, you do not have to install nor maintain any software. You just log into The Construct web page, select which simulator you want to use (GazeboWebotsDRC SimMorse, and many more) and the programming environment with it (which version of Ubuntu and which version of ROS). Then, you just simulate.

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You can create simulations directly through the web browser by using a drag and drop panel or by uploading your own simulations from your computer, including controllers, plugins, models or else.

Our system allows to change simulator at a single click. No extra fees, no additional steps, no difficult configuration. Just change and simulate.

We will keep forever working versions of simulators, hence you do not have to upgrade your simulations even if your local computer system change because you upgrade. Your old simulations will always work.

 

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Simulations can be run using any device equipped with a WebGL browser. This includes Windows, Linux and Mac computers, as well as Android and iOS devices.

pantallas-new-ok Additionally you can share simulations with other mates and work at the same time on the same simulation. Collaboration between different locations becomes a lot easier. This feature can also be used with educational purposes, providing teaching lessons to a broad audience that access the same simulation environment, or to hold a worldwide simulation contest in real time.

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However, the most interesting aspect of The Construct is the possibility of using the cloud to execute high demanding CPU simulations. At present, most robotics companies are limited to the power of their equipments. With The Construct, those limitations disappear since the power available is almost limitless.

Current working simulators include Webots 8.0, Gazebo 1.9, Gazebo 4.0 and DRC Sim 1.2. Next release will be Gazebo 5.0 along this month. Next month DRC Sim + Deep Learning support will be released. And so on. We expect to release two new simulators each month.

The Construct provides free and paid subscriptions, prices based on the amount of time available per week and the CPU power required.

You can visit us at www.whatistheconstruct.com and sign up for a for life free account to test our system, with 10 hours of simulation per month, with any of the simulators available.

Have a look at our web page for additional prices and configuration, and do not hesitate to contact us with questions and suggestions.

Happy simulation!

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