or more than ten years, Fraunhofer IPA is working on the development of a mobile robot assistant Care-O-bot® able to assist humans in their daily life. The meanwhile third generation of this successful development series is characterized by a product like system design and for the first time provides the potential to apply manipulating mobile service robots in everyday environments. By using industrial components approved in daily practice the dependability of the system can be ensured. As an interactive butler Care-O-bot® 3 is able to move safely among humans, to detect and grasp typical household objects, and to safely exchange them with humans. Why don’t you surprise your customers and visitors by installing an interactive Care-O-bot® 3 with individual design and application specific programming in your company building or at the next trade fair? Or you can use Care-O-bot® 3 to test and present your latest products and technologies.
Also at your institute Care-O-bot® 3 can be used as a robust, close-to-product research and development platform. Care-O-bot® 3 has an Omni directional platform, with four steered and driven wheels. This kinematic system enables the robot to move in any desired direction and therefore also safely to negotiate narrow passages. In doing so, Care-O-bot® 3 is also able to autonomously plan and follow an optimal, collision free path to a given target. Dynamic obstacles such as persons are detected by sensors and avoided automatically. The robot is equipped with a highly flexible, commercial arm with seven degrees of freedom as well as with a three-finger hand. This makes it capable of gripping and operating a large number of different everyday objects. ù
Using tactile sensors in the fingers, he is able to adjust the grasping force. In order to grasp an object, approaches tables or cupboards with its backside. The arm is long enough to grasp objects even from the floor or to reach high shelves. The seventh degree of freedom allows the robot to reach around obstacles. In addition, the arm is used to position objects on the tray. By synchronizing arm and platform movements and is additionally able to autonomously open doors that block its way to the target. Care-O-bot® is a development of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart, department robot systems. For more information just visit the link below.