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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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.


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HERB – Home Exploring Robotic Butler from CMU / Intel

HERB is a mobile manipulation platform built on a Segway RMP by Intel Research Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. HERB can perform real-world tasks, such as opening refrigerator and cabinet doors, finding and collecting coffee mugs, and throwing away trash. HERB is powered by ROS and a variety of open-source libraries, including several developed by CMU researchers, like OpenRAVE and GATMO

For more info on HERB, read this article at eweek.com

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University of Delaware Team Wins Awards at Robot Competition

Congrats to the “Warthog” team on winning the 2009 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) Autonomous Challenge AND placing third in the Navigation Challenge!

The “Warthog” robot is an RMP 400 equipped with a laser range finder, color camera, and differential global positioning system (GPS) that won “Rookie of the Year” in 2007 when the University of Delaware’s Dynamic Vision Lab first entered it in the IGVC.

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Aalborg University studying robots in human environments

A team of students at Aalborg University used a Segway RMP for their Trajectory Planning and Control Project to develop an “autonomous robot, with fast dynamics, capable of traversing cluttered environments while avoiding humans and obstacles.”  The larger objective is to improve human-robot interaction.

Aalborg University Segway RMP 200

(Photo: http://kom.aau.dk/group/09gr833/#gruppen)


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