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.

 

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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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Research and Development for Universities

Segway ground robot platforms are the ideal starting point for applications used in research and development at universities. Segway’s RMPs are designed with simplicity in mind, which means that universities will have the freedom to choose and integrate the best hardware for their specific application.

For example, a university that is currently using Segway RMPs in their research and development studies is the University of Philadelphia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

They have designed the PhillieBot, which is a one armed, three-wheeled robot built atop a Segway RMP 200. The PhillieBot has recently thrown the opening pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game. To learn more about the PhillieBot, check out the video below.


Video © Copyright 2011 Philadelphia Media Network Inc.


For more info about research and development opportunities please contact us or request a quote. For more information about the PhillieBot, click here.

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Segway Robotic Mobile Platform 400: Our Most Powerful Unmanned Ground Vehicle

The Segway RMP 400 is our most powerful mobile robot platform. Powered by four lithium-ion battery packs and rolling on four ATV tires, the Segway RMP 400 is a mobile workhorse capable of carrying up to 400 lbs for long distances, over challenging terrain.

All Segway unmanned ground vehicles are designed for easy integration by scientists and engineers and are the ideal starting point for applications including research and development, industrial automation, security, and defense.

For more information or to request a quote, click here.

These images were taken during the 2010 Robotics Rodeo at Ft. Benning.

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MDS humanoid robot now available from Xitome

The MDS (mobile, dextrous, social) robot combines mobile manipulation with verbal capabilities as well as facial expressions.  Built on a Segway RMP 200 base platform, the MDS robot features laser and infrared rangefinders, color CCDs, microphones, and 7DOF hands. According to Xitome’s website, the RMP “provides a small footprint and ultimate maneuverability”.  MDS is now available for purchase from Xitome.

The MDS ”Ocatvia” in the video below belongs to the US Navy.  Developed to improve robot interactions with humans, the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) outfitted Octavia with a Fast Linear Optical Appearance Tracker (FLOAT) system, Head Gesture Recognizer, Set Theoretic Anatomical Tracker (STAT), a VLAD Recognizer, and a “modified cognitive architecture” called ACT-R/E.

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Video Credit: Science Friday
Photo Credit: Navy Center For Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI)

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PERL Research – Remote injury estimation using an RMP 400

The Dynamic Injury Severity Estimation (DISE) system developed by PERL Research performs automated robotic triage, using intelligent software and sensors mounted on an RMP 400, to integrate a medic’s assessment with an artificial intelligence decision algorithm that remotely determines the status of an injured soldier.

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3D mapping research with an RMP at Bosch RTC

The Bosch Research and Technology Center (RTC) is using Willow Garage’s open source Robot Operating System (ROS) together with a Segway RMP to research robotic exploration, 3D mapping, and telepresence. Read more about this project at ROS.org here

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Mobile manipulation research with an RMP 400

Using an RMP 400 as a test bed, Idaho National Lab (INL) and the Robotics Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin (RRG) integrated INL’s modular control software, RIK (Robot Intelligence Kernel) with RRG’s manipulation control software framework, OSCAR (Operational Software Components for Advanced Robotics) to develop an improved interface for robotic operation and control of mobile manipulation. The resulting system improves operator effectiveness by supplementing teleoperated control with optional automation of tasks such as navigation and target acquisition.

Photo credit(s): RRG

(Photo: RRG)

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NASA Robonaut developed using Segway RMP

NASA’s First-Gen Robonaut B‘s upper body was attached to a Segway Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP) so that it could be tested here on Earth.


Source: NASA/JSC

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