We are developing a robotic arm and gripper, which is intended to be used for collaborative tasks (in German MRK) together with human workers in several fields: e.g. production (loading and unloading CNC machines, assembling parts), farming (harvesting plants, especially in vertical farms) or usage in chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories.
The arm differs crucially from existing robotic arms. Rather being a discrete robotic arm with several joints, like a human arm, it is a continuum arm, best described as an elephant’s trunk or an octopus' arm. This shape gives a lot of benefits compared to the traditional robotic arm, especially for collaborative work:
- The arm can be configured to have a lot more degrees of freedom (10 or even more if needed)
- motors and gearboxes are at the base of the arm. This gives less inertia and a lower point of gravity. The robot can move faster using less energy. In case of an impact less mass (of the robotic arm) is hitting the obstacle. This is be...
We are developing a robotic arm and gripper, which is intended to be used for collaborative tasks (in German MRK) together with human workers in several fields: e.g. production (loading and unloading CNC machines, assembling parts), farming (harvesting plants, especially in vertical farms) or usage in chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories.
The arm differs crucially from existing robotic arms. Rather being a discrete robotic arm with several joints, like a human arm, it is a continuum arm, best described as an elephant’s trunk or an octopus' arm. This shape gives a lot of benefits compared to the traditional robotic arm, especially for collaborative work:
- The arm can be configured to have a lot more degrees of freedom (10 or even more if needed)
- motors and gearboxes are at the base of the arm. This gives less inertia and a lower point of gravity. The robot can move faster using less energy. In case of an impact less mass (of the robotic arm) is hitting the obstacle. This is beneficial for use in collaborative work areas. A lower point of gravity means the arm is more stable when not attached on the ground or a structure.
- The construction offers a lead through inside the arm, which offers a broad variety of use cases like mechanical drives, thick cables with higher bend radius than common robotic arms, tubes or even conveyor belts within the arm
- The surface is smooth and even. This makes the arm easy to clean, optionally waterproof. A soft layer can dampen possible impacts
- optional Lidar sensors and 3D cameras can offer image recognition ability as well as object detection of the surrounding environment, in order to avoid collisions and be able to manipulate objects
- the tactile gripper is designed to handle objects of different sizes and shapes to be as versatile as possible, also fragile objects like fruits can be handled
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