by Staff Writers
Bonn, Germany (SPX) May 25, 2012
The Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC) at the German Aerospace Center is exhibiting at AUTOMATICA, the leading international exhibition for automation and mechatronics, which is being held in Munich. A total of 15 exhibits demonstrate some of the cutting-edge research in the current RMC portfolio, including cross-disciplinary areas such as spaceflight robotics, medical robotics and industrial robotic assistance. Live demonstrations are conducted several times a day for all tradeshow visitors at the DLR stand.
Humans and robots
This means that the human can interactively and very easily reprogram the robotic software at any time - just by moving. The plan is for assistance robots to aid humans in industrial manufacturing. Other usage scenarios involving hospitals, where medical personnel and robots interact while carrying out everyday tasks, will be implemented at a later stage. An initial prototype can be seen in action at AUTOMATICA - under the control of trade show visitors, the robot assembles a model railway and drives a train along it.
Controlling robotic systems with the mind - this is not wishful thinking, but is already a reality. In a unique experiment, DLR collaborated with partners in the United States to enable a quadriplegic patient to control a lightweight DLR robot with her mind. For the first time in almost 15 years, the patient was able to take a drink without assistance. A demonstration at AUTOMATICA will show how measuring muscle activity is sufficient to control a robot hand with great precision.
From a safe distance - thanks to telepresence technology
As has been successfully demonstrated during experiments in space, humans can carry out complex tasks in a hostile environment from a safe distance. Such technology can also be used on Earth - for inspecting, maintaining and repairing unsafe or inaccessible industrial facilities such as oil platforms or wind turbines. At the DLR exhibition stand, trade show visitors can witness the humanoid upper body 'Space Justin' operating in two different industrial scenarios.
Humanoid walking machine - striding into the future
Robots in motion - carrying, throwing and catching
All about the robots on Earth and beyond!
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