Service Robots the Human Way
Product Announcement from SCHUNK Inc.
The ability expectations of Service Robots used in the domestic environment are high: They should intuitively adapt to the human, communicate in the usual human way and should even master complex gripping operations. The SCHUNK 5-finger hand resembles its human model, in size, shape, appearance and mobility. Nine drives enable the 5-finger hand to carry out various gripping operations. It has been found that many human gestures can be replicated, thus a visual communication between a human and service robot is simplified, therefore increasing the acceptance of using them in the domestic environment.
By using tactile sensors in the fingers, the gripper hand has the necessary sensitivity and can therefore manage every gripping and manipulation task, even in unstructured and unforeseeable situations. Elastic gripping surfaces ensure a reliable hold of the gripped objects. The gripper hand can be connected with lightweight arms via defined interfaces, and SCHUNK has provided the LWA lightweight arm shown here. Christopher Parlitz, Manager for Service Robotics at SCHUNK has said," The 5-finger hand offers new approaches to the research in the field of service robotics in the immediate environment of humans. Studies on human-robot communication show that due to the gesticulating hand, new strategies can now be explored, since the hand allows a realistic form of nonverbal communication".