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 Inc. at Experience NH

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Segway Inc. joins Senator Shaheen while she welcomed more than 20 New Hampshire businesses to Washington, DC to showcase the state’s unique offerings at the second annual Experience New Hampshire reception. Check out the video below of Senator Shaheen at the event. There is a great interview with a Segway Inc. representative!

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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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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 mobile robot platform demonstration video

Check out this video showing Segway’s RMP line of mobile robot platforms including 2WD balancing robots and all-terrain 4WD UGVs. Segway’s patented propulsion system technologies provide unmatched power and reliability to propel mobile robots.

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Humanoid mobile robot “Cody” from Georgia Tech Robotics Lab

Georgia Tech’s Healthcare Robotics Lab built a new humanoid mobile robot named “Cody” using a Segway RMP 50 Omni mobile robot platform, 1-DoF vertical linear actuator, and a pair of 7-DoF Meka Arms with series elastic actuators. Watch the video below to view Cody in action.

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Ubiquitous Mobile Robots in Urban Settings

The URUS project is focused on designing a network of mobile robots that interact with human beings and the environment.  The project integrates cooperating urban robots, intelligent sensors, intelligent devices, and communications.  Team members include the Institut de Robótica i Informática Industria (IRI), Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC), and others.

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Marathon Robotics awarded $50M contract for mobile robot targets

Segway Inc. will supply its RMP mobile robot platforms to Marathon Robotics as part of a $50 Million contract with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

Marathon Robotics has spent the last 8 year perfecting an integrated system of target practice mobile robots that will revolutionize the quality and effectiveness of live-fire training.   The Segway RMP continues to be their preferred mobile robot platform due to its speed, agility, and robustness.

For more information, please see the Marathon Robotics press release

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ARC Centre for Autonomous Systems enters RoboCup 2010

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS) entered the RoboCup@Home competition this year with a new personal assistance robot built on a Segway RMP 100 mobile robot platform. The CAS is the second largest robotics research group in the world with representation from the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney

The RoboCup@Home competition judges navigation, mapping, object recognition, and human-robot interaction in realistic, home-like environments. RoboCup@Home is the largest international annual competition for autonomous service robots.

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GAVLAB – Autonomous mapping with an RMP 400

The GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory at Auburn University (GAVLAB) and the Army Corp of Engineers Huntsville Center developed an RMP 400 based mobile robot system capable of autonomously mapping a given field for the purpose of finding unexploded ordnance (UXO). A combination of GPS and INS are used for navigation, while the trailer carries two Geonics EM61-Mk2 metal detectors. The video below shows the robot in action at a range in the Great Salt Plains area of Oklahoma.

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