Making High-Tech Service Robot Platforms Available

Conference: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010 - ISR 2010 (41st International Symposium on Robotics) and ROBOTIK 2010 (6th German Conference on Robotics)
06/07/2010 - 06/09/2010 at Munich, Germany

Proceedings: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Weisshardt, Florian; Reiser, Ulrich; Verl, Alexander (Fraunhofer IPA, Robot Systems, Stuttgart, Germany)
Parlitz, Christopher (SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG, Lauffen, Germany)

The development of reliable, robust and capable service robot platforms is expensive and time consuming. On the other hand, stable hardware is a prerequisite to be able to concentrate on the targeted research area. This paper proposes a strategy to make such high-end service robot platforms available as research platform, by means of the example of Care-O-bot(R) 3 developed at Fraunhofer IPA. Several methods to provide robotic hardware for research are introduced, starting from the maintenance of a common open-source repository, to the making available of simulation models of the hardware components and the possibility of remote access via a web-interface. It is shown, that Care-O-bot(R) 3 is particularly suited as research platform through the modular structure of its hardware components. Thus, a very flexible set-up for Care-O-bot(R) 3 is possible, making it easy to adapt to the specific requirements of different robotic research fields.