Guardian V5

Guardian V5 architecture uses ROS and has new features and adapts to new market needs.

Robotnik presents the new version of its mobile platform Guardian

Robotnik Automation company in the service robotics market, has just launched the new version of its mobile platform Guardian. The new autonomous robot Robotnik, which is already in its fifth version, has new capabilities and features. Of these, include its higher speed and improved combination of wheels and chains in their drive system, which gives greater mobility and versatility. Robotnik's new platform uses the ROS architecture, benefiting from the advantages of open source.

Guardian V5, which also has a completely revamped chassis, thus conforms to the new requirements of the market to which it is directed. Robotnik's mobile platform is primarily directed to the field of research and development of real applications. Among its them, is the indoor and outdoor navigation requiring high mobility; Search and deactivation of improvised weapons IEDD or EOD, surveillance and remote measurement and map generation.

Guardian V5 is undoubtedly an excellent platform for all and that can integrate multiple sensors and accessories such as lasers, cameras, stereovision heads or pan-tilt units, among others. Equally remarkable load capacity that reaches 100 kg.

Roberto Guzman, CEO of Robotnik, explains that "Guardian V5 is the most robust and versatile platform developed by Robotnik so far. It is an autonomous robot that is perfectly suited to the needs of the technology market. "


IMPIVA Director praised the investment of Robotnik in R&D

The  Director of the Institute of the Small and Medium Industry (IMPIVA), Daniel Moragues, recently visited Robotnik where he said "is of great interest that Valencian companies work in R&D for high-tech products such as robotics and this is known by the operators and society in general. "

The Institute of the Small and Medium Size Industry (IMPIVA) is established in 1984 by the Valencia Regional Government to promote and improve productivity by concentrating on key issues relevant for the innovation process in small and medium sized enterprises. IMPIVA based its management system devoted to innovation on a two-fold principle:

- Decentralisation, both geographical and in terms of different activities, by means of a creation of centres with specialised functions (technology institutes and EBIC’s) located in the main industrial areas of the Region of Valencia.

- Participations of social agents which play a major role.

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Innovator Awards hosted by "El Mundo"

The 14th of December took place in the Valencia Trade Fair the Second Edition of the "Innovator Awards" hosted by the newspaper “El Mundo”. The winners were the Valencian company’s leaders in the field of technological innovation.

One of the winners was the Valencian businessman Hector Dominguis, creator of the robot, Tirant III, which has been developed by GrupoDominguis and Robotnik, and which replaces the human being in nuclear power plants pipes maintenance tasks.

This award recognizes our leadership in the world of technological innovation and places us at the forefront of the market for service robotics.

More information here.


Barrett Technology & RE2, Inc. selected to Lead the ARM Research Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced a new initiative to create robotic autonomous manipulators that mimic human arms and hands. DARPA will use RE2, Inc. and Barrett Technology, Inc, to provide the program's government furnished hardware, software, integration services, and manipulation expertise for this multi-year robotics research program. Both are leading U.S.-based manipulator companies with numerous years of expertise.

Barrett Technology will provide the ARM effort's manipulation hardware, including the Barrett WAMTM Arm and BarrettHandTM. Barrett makes lightweight force-sensing arms that are specifically designed to operate near and with people by making its drives inherently backdrivable. RE2 will provide manipulator integration services, applying its manipulation expertise to integrate the Barrett technology with various sensing technologies and a mobile platform for selected teams to utilize throughout the program. The goal of the program is to surpass the performance of manipulation tasks currently performed by remote manipulation systems that are controlled directly by a human operator.

"We are thrilled to combine forces with such a capable team as RE2," adds William T. Townsend, CEO of Barrett Technology, Inc.

"DARPA's use of RE2 to lead the integration effort for the ARM program is a testament to our manipulation and robotics expertise," states to Jorgen D. Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2, Inc. "We are honored to be involved in this program and look forward to working with leading research organizations to advance the state of the art for manipulation."

For the ARM program, DARPA will select a set of teams that will be given identical government furnished hardware platforms and will be tasked to develop algorithms to maximize the manipulation capability. A three-phase program will develop the best autonomous software for performing complex manipulation tasks. DARPA's overall technical objective for the ARM program is to enable high-level control of "hands on" contact tasks, with the mobile manipulation system following a high-level script and performing low-level subtasks on its own. For example, autonomously control high-degree-of-freedom robotic arm(s), wrist(s) and hand(s) to grasp and manipulate objects to perform tasks, including mobile navigation, as necessary.

DARPA's goal of this effort is advancing the science of autonomous mobile manipulation, and both Barrett Technology and RE2 are proud of their involvement to help facilitate that effort.

 


Guardians

Robotnik has been in the practic demostración of the Guardians Project. This project is oriented to give firemen support in very hard circumstances.

This test counted with the Castellón Firemen Consortium, and was made in the Jaume I University.