By Nick Gilbert
Robai has launched the Cyton Gamma, the highly advanced version of its Cyton robot arms. The Cyton Gamma has been designed similar to that of a human arm, thereby making it different from the standard industrial robot arms. Three axes have been included in each of the shoulder and wrist of the robot, while its elbow contains a single axes.
The arms are kinematically redundant due to the incorporation of these seven axes. Being kinematically redundant, there is a possibility of moving the axes in more than one manner for accomplishing a specific hand motion. This enables seamless navigation around obstacles with increased dexterity in a wide workspace. It however has limited industrial application owing to the computational complication of its control. This limitation can be overcome with Energid Technologies advanced control software.
The Gamma has a 15x18 cm footprint and its reach is similar as that of a human arm, making it compatible for any application. This new bi-handed version of the arm ensures achieving bimanual human tasks.
The arm can be linked to any standard computer via USB. Energid’s powerful Actin software enables easy and simple programming of the arm based on a graphical interface. Customer beta testing has been conducted in the arm for healthcare, manufacturing and remote inspection applications.
By supporting the Robotic Operating System (ROS), Robai enables designers to efficiently incorporate the arms with other ROS enabled devices. In addition, developer's kit for the Gamma is available from Robai, through which third parties can both develop and commercialize plugin apps.