Segway’s RMP440 LE Works with 5D Robotics’ Software to Lighten a Soldier’s Load

A recent collaboration between Rapid Equipping Force and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence brought together solutions from  Segway RoboticsDRS Technologies and 5D Robotics to perform a comprehensive ‘lighten a soldier’s load’ evaluation at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. The robot’s mission was to follow and keep up with a squad while transporting a heavy payload and navigating a lengthy distance of varied terrain.

The assessment tested the Segway® RMP (Robotics Mobility Platform) 440 LE’s ability to carry 200 pounds of critical equipment including soldiers’ packs, sandbags, food and water and the ability of 5D Robotics’ Behavior Engine™ software to direct the platform.

Segway’s RMP440 LE

Segway’s RMP440 LE is a rugged, all-terrain, four-wheel drive mobility platform. Its design empowers developers to easily integrate their own equipment on top of the platform and build a customized application to meet specific needs. Click here to download a spec sheet.

5D’s Behavior Engine or “Follow Me” Technology

5D’s “follow me” technology acknowledges that like humans, robots need assistance to find their way. Once a human empowers a robot, they are capable of executing a multitude of tasks reliably and effectively.

5D’s solution emphasizes rapid, reactive, biologically inspired behavioral responses as opposed to the GPS, mapping, planning and continuous communication relied on by competitive solutions. It uses an innovative intelligent tag approach to guide interaction between robots and humans as well as between robots and other vehicles or objects.

5D’s Safety Commitment

1. Robot motion should be fast, responsive and graceful

2. Robot motion should be predictable and reliable to engender trust

3. Robots should never touch the human body unless explicitly told to do so

The AssessmentRMP440

The Segway RMP440 LE was fully loaded with equipment and included a generator that could be used to charge soldiers’ equipment. Over the course of 9 hours, the robot successfully followed the squad as well as traversed 16 miles of varied terrain without additional fuel or battery power. In fact, the robot maintained 33% of its generator fuel and 50% of its battery life.

The Evaluation

Soldier evaluations noted that the robot kept up with the patrol throughout the mission, was easy to understand and natural to use. Soldiers also valued the robot’s ability to carry a considerable amount of heavy gear.

Read Complete Coverage

Please click here to download a PDF of the article Keep on Running – 5D Robotics Tests Endurance Through Human-Robot Interaction Military Tests from 5D Robotics’ website.

Editorial Note

DRS Technologies’ Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) kit and systems integration with the Segway RMP440 LE was originally tested at Fort Benning during the JIEDDO’s Endurance Challenge in June 2012. Click here  to view the blog post Adaptive Mission Payload Solution Wins Second Pace in JIDDEO’s Endurance Challenge.

See the RMP440 LE in Action

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Meet HERB — a Home Exploring Robotic Butler

HERB, the Home Exploring Robot Butler created by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, is the star of the latest video in Oreo’s ongoing “Cookie vs. Creme” campaign. HERB was built by integrating a Segway RMP 200 with additional robotic functions.

HERB is the research platform of the Personal Robotics Lab and is a testbed for algorithms, software and other technology that will enable robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks where people live and work.

These videos are behind-the-scenes looks at HERB and his creators, associate professor Siddhartha Srinivasa, Ph.D. student Jennifer King and project scientist Pras Velagapudi. Click here to read Carnegie Mellon University’s blog post and learn more.

For more info about research and development opportunities, please contact us. Click here to read a past blog post about HERB.

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Segway Announces Its Newest RMP — ARTI

Intro

ARTI is Segway’s latest Robotics Mobility Platform (RMP) prototype. Its name (an abbreviation of the word ‘articulate’) was derived from the platform’s articulated steering method. ARTI is based on the same core propulsion and interface hardware that is standard in the rest of the RMP line, but was further developed by Segway’s engineers to become a functional prototype with exceptional capabilities.

Overview

The ARTI platform utilizes a two degree of freedom joint to permit roll and yaw rotation. This flexibility enables the platform to traverse aggressive terrain while continually maintaining four points of contact with the ground. It is the first Segway RMP platform that does not have the ability to turn in place. However, it does feature a 4.5 foot turning radius, which enables it to turn around in an area smaller than one lane of a standard road.

Capabilities

ARTI’s articulated steering enables it to carry heavier payloads over more aggressive terrain as compared to our similar sized skid-steer platforms. In fact, payload is now limited only by the structural load limits of the gearboxes, wheels and tires instead to being dictated by the torque required to overcome the friction forces associated with skid-steering. ARTI is capable of quietly traveling longer distances with more payload than any other four wheel platform Segway has ever developed.

Features

The platform leverages the latest RMP Central Controller Architecture, which allows simple and intuitive communication with the platform over Ethernet, CAN or USB. Users can set a variety of performance parameters including acceleration and deceleration rate limits as well as turning radius. An optional integrated auxiliary power module provides DC power for task specific sensors, radios and other equipment and payload items. ARTI’s batteries can be fully charged in less than 3 hours via Segway’s new RMP external fast charger.

Availability

Segway is currently taking orders for ARTI platforms. It is important to note that ARTI is a prototype and does not yet have the level of finish that our production released commercial models do. However, if customer demand warrants it — and we expect that it may — this prototype will likely become part of our standard RMP product line.

Would you like to stay connected with Segway Robotics? You can — by checking out the RMP Customer Forum, visiting Segway Robotics to sign up for our newsletter and RSS feed or following us on Twitter.

 

Watch ARTI in Action!

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Adaptive Mission Payload Solution Wins Second Place in JIEDDO’s Endurance Challenge

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On June 22, DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. in partnership with Segway and 5D Robotics competed in the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization’s (JIEDDO’s) Endurance Challenge at Fort Benning, Georgia. JIEDDOis an entity of the U.S. Department of Defense focused on reducing and eliminating the effects of all forms of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used against U.S. and Coalition Forces.The team’s Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) comprised of the Segway RMP-X440, 5D Robotics software and DRS Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) systems integration earned second place in the ‘Dismounted’ category with a speed of 7.83 km/hour.  While much faster speeds are possible, this demonstration was intentionally focused on executing a functional behavior.  The limiting factor for speed was how fast the human leader could run 8.85 km in 94 degree heat.  The team demonstrated an autonomous leader/follower capability over the entire course, which set a record for the longest leader/follower behavior recorded by JIEDDO.

“Segway was honored to work with DRS and to take part in this Endurance Challenge,” said Al Kisler, Defense Strategy Advisor, Segway Inc. “The performance of the AMP solution speaks for itself.”

To view the official results of the JIEDDO 2012 Counter-IED Robotics Endurance Challenge in their entirety, please click here.  For additional information on DRS’ AMP, please click here.

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Demand Grows for Live-Fire Robotic Targets

 

RMP Marathon Targets Australia’s Marathon Targets plans to more than double the number of live-fire moving trainers for the Australian Army by the end of the year.

Marathon’s systems are developed on both the Segway RMP 200 and RMP 400.

The objective is to train soldiers to shoot live ammunition at human-like moving targets before heading into actual combat situations.

  • Would you like to know more? Check out the full article on The Marine Corps Times.
  • Download Marathon’s Smart Target Spec Sheet
  • Watch Marathon’s Smart Target Videos
  • For more information on Segway’s full line of Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs), please contact us.

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Manu Systems AG® To Resell Segway® Inc.’s Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs) in Europe

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Segway Inc. recently brought on Manu Systems AG, located in Regensburg Germany, as a European reseller of its Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs).  Manu Systems AG is well known as one the region’s leading value-added resellers of robotic hand systems, humanoid robots and other robotics mobility systems.

“We are pleased to be working with Segway. Our mission is to provide a one-stop shopping experience for service robotics researchers,” said Marco Reichel, Chairman of the Management Board, Manu Systems. “Our offering of Segway’s RMPs has been very well received by the European research market.”

Manu Systems AG currently offers Segway’s RMP 50 Omni and 50 XL, RMP 200 and 200 ATV, RMP 400, 400 Omni and RMP 440. For more information on these platforms, please visit Manu Systems AG’s website or contact the company by phone: +49 941 9459 280 or e-mail.

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Thank You For Your Attendance at AUVSI

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Dear AUVSI Attendee,

We would like to thank you for your attendance at the 2011 AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America Expo.  We appreciate your visit to our booth to learn how Segway Inc.’s unmanned ground vehicle solutions can support your specific needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Segway RMP robot platforms please visit: http://rmp.segway.com.

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Thanks again if you stopped by our booth at AUVSI 2011!

If you would like to contact Segway Inc. directly, please call 866-4SEGWAY or email rmp@segway.com.

Thank you,

Segway Robotics

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U.S. Marines Use Australian-based Marathon Robotics As Targets

U.S. Marines training for Middle East combat will have a newer, smarter enemy target to shoot at in the fall. They will be using targets built atop on both the Segway RMP200 and RMP400. Australian-based Marathon Robotics recently sold their robot practice targets to the United States Marines. Watch the video below for more information.

For more information on the full line of Segway’s robotic platforms, click here.

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Segway Robotic Platforms Demonstrated at Quantico

Sharpshooters from 100 yards out

Sharpshooters from 100 yards out

Marathon Targets (http://www.marathon-targets.com/) successfully demonstrated their smart target system during a live fire demonstration at Quantico Marine Base. Marathon’s systems are developed on both the Segway RMP200 and RMP400. To view a short video of the demonstration, click here.

For more information on the full line of Segway’s robotic platforms, please visit http://rmp.segway.com/.

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Marathon Targets developed on Segway RMP200

Marathon Targets developed on Segway RMP400

Marathon Targets developed on Segway RMP400

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RMP 400s on Display at FPED VIII

The Segway RMP 400‘s capabilities of being a true multi-payload, open interface and robust UGV are on display at FPED VIII, the eighth Force Protection Equipment Demonstration at the Stafford Regional Airport in Stafford, Virginia. Vendors Burchfield Automation, Air Force Research Lab and Technical Support Working Group each are demonstrating the RMP 400. If attending FPED VIII, please stop by these vendor’s booth for an up close look at the RMP 400‘s capabilities.

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