Aladdin: Semi-Autonomous Module for Robotic Door Opening

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$440,042.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-12-C-0384
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4167
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-203
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Honeybee Robotics
460 West 34th Street, New York, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
131364820
Principal Investigator:
Jack Wilson
Systems Engineer
(646) 459-7816
wilson@honeybeerobotics.com
Business Contact:
Chris Chapman
President
(646) 459-7802
chapman@honeybeerobotics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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 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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