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January 2013 -
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This January, researchers gathered in Barbados for annual field experiments with the Aqua2 platform. The research involves reef monitoring, control and path planning, and multi robot co-ordination with surface and air vehicles. Contact us for more information.
Check out this link to the latest research video!
Robotic Wheelchair at WPI
From our New Hampshire location we are a stone’s throw from some of the country’s leading robotics research institutions. Recently, we loaned our robotic wheelchair to the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Lab at Worcester Polytechnic, which boasts the nation’s first dedicated undergraduate robotics program.
They have built a neural interface which they plan to integrate in tandem with the robot's autonomous navigation capability. This chair was a favorite project of MobileRobots founder, Bill Kennedy. Pictured here, PhD candidate RJ Linton tests the wheelchair's movement.
In June, WPI will host NASA’s 2013 Sample Return Centennial Challenge. Despite the $1.5 million dollar prize pool, last year no teams made it past the qualification day. For more information about the contest check out WPI Sample Return Challenge.
Adept Introduces Lynx Autonomous Indoor Vehicle
Adept introduces its newest robot for the workplace, the Lynx. The Autonomous Indoor Vehicle (AIV) is designed to move an impressive 60kg payload through dynamic environments and peopled locations. Unlike traditional industrial AGVs, Lynx requires no facility modifications, such as floor magnets or navigational beacons. The Lynx is targeted for manufacturing, warehousing and clean tech applications and can be customized for a variety of tasks and payloads. We plan to introduce a version for academic research later in the year. Find out more about the robot here.
Grasping irregular objects is tough; having fingers helps! We are pleased to introduce a 4 – DOF hand for the Pioneer-Gamma arm. The gripper has four independent degrees of freedom: each finger can open/close and one finger can rotate for claw-like grasps. The fingers are made of a soft polymer allowing for conformal grasping of a large family of objects. Specifications are available here.
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