Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Robotics: Bomb Disposal Robot with Prosthetics for 'that' Delicate Touch

Bomb disposal is one of the most dangerous, trickiest and delicate job ever taken by the dare devils to save lives of others. So far we have had robots with steel hands that are not delicate enough to touch live dangerous wires and explosives.

In order to provide extra safety and 'that' delicate touch, a new Bimanual Dexterous Robotics Platform (BDRP), developed by Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), is equipped with artificial limbs designed for amputees.

The combination is relatively unique, and provided the team with a secondary use for the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) it developed for the DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.

The robot has 42 degrees of freedom, with three in the neck, three in the torso, two in the mobile platform, and the rest located in its pair of prosthetic arms and hands, which sport 17 apiece. Thanks to its scalability, the MPL can contain fewer moving parts than the version for amputees (which has a total of 25), making it less expensive to replace in the event an inspection goes boom.

Read more at: gizmag
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