NREC implemented an autonomous manipulator for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robots that greatly simplifies manipulator use and coordinates the movements of the manipulator and its platform.
The Manipulator Coordination (ACMM) system intelligently controls the manipulator’s joints. Operators do not need to individually move each joint. Instead, the system controls the joints to move the end effector to where the operator wants it to go.
ACMM also coordinates the movements of the manipulator and its platform. Operators can click on an object and the robot will automatically move, reach out, and grab it (click and grab). They can also click on a location and the robot will autonomously navigate there (click and move).
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