Aladdin: Semi-Autonomous Module for Robotic Door Opening

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-09-C-0315
Agency Tracking Number: A083-203-0398
Amount: $119,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-203
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Honeybee Roboti
460 West 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001
DUNS: 131364820
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jack Wilson
 Project Engineer
 (646) 459-7816
 Wilson@HoneybeeRobotics.com
Business Contact
 Chris Chapman
Title: President
Phone: (646) 459-7802
Email: chapman@honeybeerobotics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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 will perform experiments using a PackBot EOD and a compliant gripper to evaluate the feasibility of our door-opening end-effector and develop a 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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