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Using COTS to Construct a High Performance Robot Arm

Christian Smith and Henrik I Christensen.


In this paper we present a design study and technical specifications of a high performance robotic manipulator to be used for ball catching experiments using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Early evaluation shows that very good performance can be achieved using standardized PowerCube actuator modules from Amtec and a standard workstation using CAN bus communication. Implementation issues of low-level control and software platform are also described, as well as early experimental evaluation of the system.

Keywords: ball catching, robot design, teleoperation.


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