Dual Arm Power Amplification Robot
One of the characteristics is that the electromagnetic motors operated arms are mechanically directly connected with the components measuring the magnitude and direction of the force applied by the human operator, allowing the human to directly feel the behavior of the robot (Direct Force Feedback)
Through this, the user can establish a correspondence between his own operation and the robot behavior and improve the manipulation through more practice.
Also compared to current master-slave systems the number of sensors and motors has been reduced.
The PLL uses the same “Direct Force Feedback System” architecture for
force control that was first applied during the development of the original POWERLOADER. Within this architecture, the force magnitude and direction exerted by each foot is measured using the pedal attached 6-axis force sensors allowing the robot to follow naturally the motion of the operator legs and producing an augmentation of leg strength. According to current specifications, this augmentations can go up to 40kgf (around 400N)
Furthermore, the PLL has been designed to be able to be improved by the users so its software and hardware can be freely customized.
The official price of the PLL for Research (basic control software included) is 18 million yen (before tax). However, Activelink is offering an incentive of 9 million yen as part of our “Powerloader R&D Promotion Program” for clients who agree to open their research findings within a year of purchase and publish or present reproducible results within 3 years. With this program, the PLL can be purchased by 9 million 9 thousand yen (with taxes).
Other options and color of the equipment can be requested as well.
2006：Knowledge Cluster Initiative
Gifu-Ogaki Local Robotic Advanced Medical Cluster
Ritsumeikan University Prof. Kanaoka Co-development
Power amplification by Intuitive operated Robot.
The AM System is a Robotic Embedded Control Learning Kit using Artificial Muscle Technology. Through the use of a Microcontroller, sensors and a solenoid actuator the user can learn to program embedded devices, as well as controlling new actuator technologies such as Artificial Muscles. The Kit comes with a Textbook covering different areas of engineering expertise.
2006-2008：METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry)
Fundamental Technology Advancement Business Support
Chubu Science & Technology Center
Toyohashi University of Technology. Prof Kuriyama
Gripper Shock Reduction
Work Sensory Load Reduction
NEDO Human Assistance Robot Practical Application Foundations
Hyogo Prefectural Rehabilitation Center Hospital
Osaka University. Faculty of Engineering. Prof Ikeda
Kobe Gakuin University. Faculty of Rehabilitation. Prof Nakagawa
NAIST(Nara Inst. Of Science & Technology) Graduate School of Information Science Prof Ogasawara
New Industry Research Organization
Power assist Suit Development
Osaka University. Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Ikeda Co-development
Operation Sensing on the healthy side
Operation Teaching on the affected side