Robot Rose is a service robot
Service robots are robots that are intended to perform tasks normally done by humans in an environment in which humans work as well. However, they are not required to accomplish these tasks in the same way as humans; neither they do not need to look like a human being. A tele-operated robot is a robot that is controlled from a distance (near or far) by a human operator. The human operator has the option to control the robot either manually by joysticks or by providing instructions to carry out complex coordinated procedures (e.g., grab and move objects).
Tele-operated Service Robots
A TSR (Tele-operated Service Robot) is a robot that is controlled by a human being from a distance and performs tasks (services) typically in uncontrolled environments. For example consider the movement to a door that must be opened: the operator sees the door via a camera on a screen and he has to give a command to move to the door, to grip the door handle, to move that handle downwards and to pull (or push) the door. This complex task cannot be carried out by providing coordinates. A cup that was previously picked up by the robot may have moved (by somebody) to a diferent place. The operator again has to provide the location of the cup or the robot has to locate the cup based on the image himself (via object detection techniques which are currently not mature).
Robot Rose is a service robot developed for home care, and a platform for developing service robot applications. Rose is semi-autonomous, which means an operator controls Rose from a distance by input devices like joysticks or by a graphical user interface in the cockpit. By clicking a point on a map or clicking inside an image on the screen Rose is e.g. able to autonomously navigate to a desired location or grab an object visible in the image. In this way home-care employees in the Netherlands were able to perform a number of small tasks like opening a micro wave oven and bringing a cup to a client. Work is underway to control Rose via a tablet interface.
Robot Rose hardware features:
- An 8dof (4 wheels, individually driven and steered) mobile base
- A Hokuyo Laser scanner for navigation and positioning
- An actuated parallelogram lift mechanism to increase arm task space
- Communication with cockpit or tablet via a standard Wifi Router
- A 10,1 inch tft screen for video communication
- 2 7DOF Robai Cyton 1500 arms with custom made grippers
- A 2dof neck system with Microsoft Kinect camera for 3D vision
Robot Rose is running on ROS (Robot Operating System). The software stack of Rose features:
- Control software and interfaces.
- Path planning and SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) for autonomous navigation and robot positioning
- Position based arm control and path planning
- A fixed set of basic operations for moving, grabbing, placing, opening doors etc.
- Mechanisms to compose basic operations into complex tasks
Rose for Research
From 2013 Rose BV develops a limited number of robot Rose, cockpits and Software for research institutions en will, if neccesary deliver support to robot Rose both in hardware and in software. For more information please contact us.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form :(