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
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.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government