Monday, April 10, 2006

All Wheel Rolling Robot

MobileRobots has announced their latest platform for roving robots.
The Seekur is a 4-wheel drive robot that can go outdoors in the weather as well as indoors.
All four wheels rotate so it can drive forward, backward and side to side.
According to MobileRobots' Chief Technology Officer, Dr. William Kennedy, "Seekur is the robot developer's dream. Seekur is holonomic; programming it is much easier than a Jeep or other vehicle with a large turning radius."
Moves are so cool you have to make up a new word to describe it.
"Holonomic" from Greek holo meaning whole and nomic meaning new fake word.
Wikipedia gives a definition of holonomic for robotics, meaning you can control every possible degree of freedom. I do not think that the Seekur can fly so it is, at best, holonomic along the ground.
Anyway, this omnidirectional robot can run autonomous or remote control.
It can carry up to 50 kg of navigation, sensors, stereovision, communications, weapons - you name it.
It is about a meter tall and 1.4 meters long and wide and weighs a whopping 770 pounds.
It can move at up to 5 mph. The 24 v NiCad battery pack can last 7 hours.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know where Wikipedia got their definition, but in robotics holonomic means that navigation doesn't have to deal with the same complexity as, say, a semi-truck driver, in turning 180 degrees. The platform is almost the same width as length and the center of the turn radius is in the center of the vehicle.

1:05 AM, April 13, 2006  
Blogger Prospector said...

Most robots do not have to deal with the same complexity as a semi-truck driver. I think by 'holonomic' they want to tell us that all four wheels steer so that it does not have to turn at all, but drive sideways.

7:46 AM, April 13, 2006  

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