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March 3, 2011 AT 12:00 am

Meka Robotics Announces Mobile Manipulator With Kinect and ROS

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Meka Robotics Announces Mobile Manipulator With Kinect and ROS @ IEEE Spectrum….

Meka Robotics is unveiling this week its Meka M1 Mobile Manipulator, a humanoid system equipped with two dexterous arms, a head with Microsoft Kinect sensor, and an omnidirectional wheel base. The robot runs Meka’s real-time control software with ROS extensions.

Meka, a San Francisco-based start-up founded by MIT roboticists, says the M1 is designed to work in human environments and combines “mobility, dexterity, and compliant force-control.” It seems Meka is targeting first research applications, whereas other companies developing similar manipulators — like pi4 robotics in Germany and Rodney Brooks’ Heartland Robotics — are focusing on industrial uses.

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2 Comments

  1. I am amazed by the resistor human check. Thank you!

  2. I love how smooth the movement is.

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