Promobot has created a new model of humanoid robot with functional arms.
The Promobot robot has moving arms with eight motors – it gestures and is able to pick up objects, pour coffee and perform all kinds of arm movements
Promobot, a manufacturer of autonomous service robots, has created Robo-C, a new humanoid robot companion. The main distinguishing feature of the new model is its mobile arms, which are capable of 12 degrees of freedom of movement. Besides, they can pick up objects and carry a payload, enabling you to pour coffee and perform all kinds of arm movements.
“It took four months to develop. There are eight motors in each arm. The robot can carry loads of up to 1 kg with its arms. It can take something in its hand, point in the direction, and shake the hand of a person. The process of transferring commands to the arm is implemented using scripts. The scripts are created using special software in which our engineers work. Three modes are possible: (1) basic communication gestures (2) movements on command from the outside – you can ask the robot to make a gesture such as waving and (3) on command from the development engineer. In the future, we plan to teach the robot to write in different languages and to draw” – says Oleg Kivokurtsev, CBDO of Promobot.
Dynamic stabilization systems, servos and arm controllers will form the basis for developing the legs of a humanoid robot – the company has already started building them. Like its predecessor, the updated Robo-C mimics human emotions: it can move its eyes, eyebrows, lips and other ‘muscles’ as well as supporting conversation and answering questions. The technology developed at Promobot, as well as its own patented design, makes it possible to reproduce over 600 variations of microexpressions, imitating human emotions as realistically as possible.
“The company has taken a big new step towards making the robot fully anthropomorphic. Service robots from Russia are known all over the world. The emergence of new solutions and technologies will strengthen international sales opportunities” — says Ruslan Sarkisov, CEO of the Far Eastern High Technology Fund Management Company.
Currently, 19 Robo-C robots have been sold in world. They work in multifunctional centers, medical universities and museums. With Promobot V.4, the company has produced and delivered more than 700 service robots to customers in 43 countries.