Fraunhofer Institute, known for pushing the boundaries of technology, has made significant strides in humanoid robot development. While humanoids have been stealing the spotlight lately, the institute has recognized that their traditional human body shape is not ideal for certain environments, such as warehouses and factories. As a result, Fraunhofer Institute has focused on creating innovative robots that excel in these settings.
One of their remarkable inventions is the evoBOT, a self-balancing two-wheeled robot with extendable legs. Unlike humanoids that may eventually walk at a speed comparable to humans, the evoBOT can reach an impressive speed of up to 60 km/h (37 mph). Additionally, it can lift up to 65 kg (143 lb) with its self-locking lifting arms, three times the lifting capacity of a humanoid. The evoBOT’s rotating, circular grippers may be less dexterous than hands, but they allow the robot to lift objects straight up without turning them upside down, granting access to higher shelves.
The evoBOT is not only powerful but also compact and lightweight, weighing around 40 kg (88 lb). With a battery life of up to 8 hours, it offers efficient operation. The robot’s agility is demonstrated by its ability to comfortably handle slopes up to 45 degrees, even on uneven ground. In the event of a fall, the evoBOT can quickly regain its balance.
Further expanding their robot lineup, Fraunhofer Institute has introduced the O³dyn robot. This autonomous pallet jack is equipped with omni-directional Mecanum wheels and air suspension, enabling it to operate both indoors and outdoors. Using LiDAR, GPS, and 3D camera systems, the O³dyn robot navigates and perceives its environment. It precisely positions itself around a pallet using its omnidirectional wheels and lifts it from both sides using sturdy arms, mimicking the actions of a forklift driver.
These futuristic robots from Fraunhofer Institute showcase the potential of non-humanoid designs in specific industries. With their impressive capabilities and efficiency, they pave the way for enhanced productivity in logistics and warehousing.
1. How fast can the evoBOT robot move?
The evoBOT robot can reach speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph).
2. What is the lifting capacity of the evoBOT?
The evoBOT can lift up to 65 kg (143 lb) with its self-locking lifting arms.
3. Can the evoBOT access high shelves?
Yes, the evoBOT’s rotating, circular grippers allow it to lift objects straight up without turning them upside down, granting access to higher shelves.
4. How long can the evoBOT operate on a single battery charge?
The evoBOT has a battery life of up to 8 hours.
5. What features does the O³dyn robot have?
The O³dyn robot is equipped with omni-directional Mecanum wheels, air suspension, LiDAR, GPS, and 3D camera systems for navigation and perception of its environment.