Reconfigurability of Electric Drive Robot
Original Publication Date: 1988-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
This article describes a modular robot package for the electric drive robot (EDR), comprised of six components, which can be configured as manipulators of varying geometry under control of one controller. When designing a robot application, the basic type of motion that is best suited to the task must be considered. For example, the manipulator might be required to move under an obstacle in the workspace, which would rule out an anthropomorphic arm. Another task might require the robot to reach around a post, which might rule out a spherical type. In many cases, the type of kinematic structure that is best suited for a given task can be readily identified. The problem lies in the fact that every different type of robot has its own operating system, programming language, and associated limitations.