As the use of service robots becomes more widespread, they are increasingly being implemented in areas requiring direct interaction with humans. Accordingly, service robots need to meet certain requirements, e.g. easy adaptability to new environments and, above all, compliance with relevant safety standards. Inspired by biology, new compliant robot kinematics called soft robotics, offer the potential to make cooperation safer. This paves the way for the development of new applications in which soft robots physically aid the operator, either as autonomous assistants (cooperation robots) or as devices worn on the body (portable robotics, e.g. exoskeletons or exosuits). These technologies enable you to optimize the efficiency of your applications.
Expertise and sample projects
We developed a toolkit, called Myorobotics, that has the potential to significantly cut development costs for service robot applications. It allows newly-developed functionalities to be tested as part of an application’s overall concept. Furthermore, experimental setups and feasibility studies can be implemented faster and more efficiently. The systems are constructed as modules, which makes them cost-effective and customizable. The various hardware components are easy to assemble, which is why lightweight biomimetic robots are of interest to a wide circle of customers.
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From the development of mechatronic key technologies right up to the design and implementation of end-to-end soft robotics systems, Fraunhofer IPA can help you realize your vision: