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Robotic Manipulation, Inspection, Maintenance & Repair

IAI develops state-of-the-art simulation and control software with a focus on high-degree-of-freedom systems. We are actively applying this software to a wide range of applications to enable remote robot operators to easily perform advanced dexterous manipulation for the purposes of inspection, maintenance, repair, EOD, material handling and others complex tasks.

IAI’s Multi-Arm Robot Control System (MARCS) technology gives remote operators the ability to perform complex manipulation tasks with relative ease. Integrated video feeds from cameras on the end of multiple robot arms enhance situational awareness, particularly depth perception. The ability to command arm movement relative to various frames of reference, including any camera view, makes the robot easy to control. Autonomous behaviors reduce task dimensionality and enable an operator to focus on mission-specific degrees of freedom. Demonstrated performance includes dual-arm backpack inspection, tool handling, shovel manipulation, door breaching, knot tying and IED defeat. Operational benefits of MARCS control system and operator interface technology include reduced training time, increased manipulation capability, shorter mission times and reduced operator workload.

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Distributed Control Framework (DCF) Pro is an integrated environment for robot team coordination and management, using state of the art geo-spatial Command and Control editor along with its unique advantage of performing robust simulation with hardware in the loop integration. It includes a suite of pluggable (IMU, Camera, GPS, Cricket) drivers for sensing and estimation and support for heterogeneous robot platforms such as JAUS, iRobot Create®, LAGR, ARIA. (More)

Multi-Arm Robot Control System (MARCS) technology gives operators of dual-arm robots enhanced situational awareness, intuitive control and adjustable autonomy for complex non-line-of-sight dexterous manipulation tasks. IAI is currently under contract with the Navy to port MARCS technology to the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS), the Navy’s Program of Record for next-generation EOD ground robots.

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