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Construction Technology: The Guardian XO

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on March 2, 2019

Construction technology and the efficiency it inspires is at the heart of what we do here at Bobtrade. We are always excited to see what new innovations are around the corner. There has long been a reluctance to adopt construction technology in to the industry but we hope we can be part of changing this.


There is of course some controversy around the digital disruption of the construction industry. Some believe that robots have the potential to take jobs away from construction workers. It’s easy to see why this would be a concern. Even bricklaying robots need human supervision and this robotic beasty is no different. 

So, without further delay, here is the next generation of the Guardian family from Sarcos, the Guardian XO.

Guardian XO, Guardian GT, Guardian S, Bobtrade, Robotics, Construction, Technology, Supplies, Materials[Photo Credit: Sarcos Robotics]

Eksoskeleton robots like the Guardian GT and XO are what are known as cobots.

Cobots are a phenomenon, especially prevalent in construction, as robots which require human supervision or assistance to increase efficiency. Whether that is through being worn, or like with some of the nifty little bricklayers, a mason is required to lay the mortar.

"Cobots are robots which require human assistance to work efficiently."

In more detail though, the Guardian XO could be the future of construction cobotics.

Where the GT was capable of bench pressing 1000lbs and working on intricate parts of a project where it would be otherwise unsafe to send an on-site worker, the Guardian XO builds on this impressive model.

Guardian XO, Guardian GT, Guardian S, Bobtrade, Robotics, Construction, Technology, Supplies, Materials[Photo Credit: Sarcos Robotics]

Utilising the exoskeleton model, it is hoped that the Guardian XO will increase efficiency on-site whilst also preventing injury.

What sets the XO apart is its increased dexterity and force feedback features which allows its operator to perform incredibly intricate tasks even in the case of heavy equipment and materials.

Currently this model is still hypothetical for us. Sarcos are working hard to test the potential of their new exoskeleton so that construction can take its next leap forward using advanced materials, actuators and sensors as well as far more intelligent software than the exoskeletons that came before.

Guardian XO, Guardian GT, Guardian S, Bobtrade, Robotics, Construction, Technology, Supplies, Materials[Photo Credit: Mining Magazine]

"Sarcos are working on the Guardian XO to take it from hypothetical to reality."

You can actually sign up for updates on the Guardian XO and the other developments from Sarcos.

We’re so excited about the developments in robotics for construction and these cobots are a brilliant way to utilise the efficiency of machinery and the creativity of people!

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Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.