Northwestern University’s Center for Robotics and Biosystems has developed collaborative robots for human-robot collaboration.
In the experiment, three Omnid mobile collaborative robots (mobile cobots) are carrying a large pipe, and they float the pipe so that it has six degrees of freedom (three for positions: x, y, and z movements, and three for orientations: roll, pitch, and yaw rotations) and can easily be controlled by a human operator. Delta robots are three dofs series-elastic manipulators and mobile bases feature three-dof mecanum omnidirectional wheels.
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The collaborative robots are controlled by a distributed control system that enables increasing the number of robots involved in the collaborative manipulation.
Watch a short video of their research below:
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