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Aladdin: Semi-Autonomous Module for Robotic Door Opening

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-12-C-0384
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4167
Amount: $440,042.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-203
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-08-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
460 West 34th Street
New York, NY -
United States
DUNS: 131364820
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jack Wilson
 Systems Engineer
 (646) 459-7816
Business Contact
 Chris Chapman
Title: President
Phone: (646) 459-7802
Research Institution

Honeybee Robotics and iRobot propose to develop technologies that will enable small UGVs to open doors semi-autonomously. These technologies will be integrated in a modular Aladdin Payload that can be retrofitted onto existing general-purpose robots with manipulator arms without extensive hardware modifications. In Phase I of the Aladdin Project, we demonstrated the feasibility of a door-opening end effector and proof-of-concept implementation of semi-autonomous door-opening using a click-to-grip operator interface. In Phase II, we will develop a fully-operational, fully-integrated Aladdin Payload enabling a PackBot EOD to quickly move through an indoor environment containing closed doors under semi-autonomous control. Because our system leverages existing hardware, sensors, and controls approaches, demonstration of a robust, cost effective, modular door-opening system by the end of Phase II will be possible, a critical step in the development of a system that can be adapted to UGVs in general.

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