Self-Contained Conformal Gripper Field Upgrade Kit -
Contineo Robotics is pleased to be the first mobile robotics company to offer a Conformal Gripper accessory as a self-contained field upgrade capable kit. The Conformal Gripper Field Upgrade Kit is intended to provide next generation Conformal & Compliant End-effector/Gripper Capabilities to existing fielded mobile robotics platforms without impacting the current operational capabilities. The primary platform gripper remains available to perform the heavy lifting tasks enabled by its inherently robust design, while the Conformal Gripper Kit is held within the gripper for tasks requiring more dexterous grasping capability.
Low Profile Conformal End-Effector -
Low Profile Conformal End-effector facilitates rapid integration through flexible interface & software configuration. Contoneo’s Low Profile Conformal End-Effector utilized novel mechanical designs in concert with proprietary control algorithms to implement an electromechanical differential gripping capability for reliable grasp of irregular and variably compliant objects. The Low Profile Conformal End-Effector incorporates Contineo’s proprietary Rapid Replacement conformal finger elements to achieve a new level of robust functionality and in-field supportability. The Low Profile Conformal End-effector can be quickly integrated with a variety of both legacy and emerging mobile robotics platforms as it comes complete with intelligent s/w support for control vial direct motor drive, analog and/or discrete control inputs, or via Contineo Robotics serial bus manipulation command protocol via either RS-232, RS-485, CAN bus, Ethernet or wireless control interface technologies. The Low Profile Conformal End-effector is designed with built-in support for JAUS SAE-4 messaging with additional provisions for low-overhead feed-forward control operations and haptic force feedback. Pre-production ready units are available for order. Lead time varies with demand, please contact Contineo for more information.
Compact Dexterous Conformal End-Effector -
Contineo has developed, tested and delivered the first ever Compact Dexterous Conformal End-Effector (with bi-opposable finger elements). As indicated below, the Compact Dexterous Conformal End-Effector can be configured for conformal gripping of irregular shaped objects as with the Low Profile Conformal End-Effector described above. The Compact Dexterous Conformal End-Effector has the additional capability to allow on-the-fly reconfiguration of grasp postures. With built-in command support, the end-effector can be configured to operated exactly as the Low Profile Conformal End-Effector in by-pass Conformal Grip mode – See Figure 1. However, with a simple command string, the device can be reconfigured for opposition, where two of the digits are designed for tip-pinch operation. In this operational mode, the Compact Dexterous Conformal End-Effector uniquely provides support for picking up small objects, or gripping/pinching small components such as wires, forensic materials, flat tools, etc. Even in opposition mode, the tip-pinch characteristics exhibit a highly desirable level of compliance such that the device provides inherent protection and simplified use over real-world operational communications links. The Dexterous Conformal End-Effector is a robust design that is ready for purchase in pre-production quantities.
The Dexterous Conformal End-Effector can be quickly integrated with a variety of both legacy and emerging mobile robotics platforms as it comes complete with intelligent s/w support for control vial direct motor drive, analog and/or discrete control inputs, or via Contineo Robotics serial bus manipulation command protocol over either RS-232, RS-485, CAN bus, Ethernet or wireless control interface technologies. Our Contineo supervisory control algorithm protects the mechanical system from intermittent communications or from incorrect or unintentional user commands that could otherwise damage the device. The Low Profile Conformal End-effector is designed with built-in support for JAUS SAE-4 messaging with additional provisions for low-overhead feed-forward control operations and haptic force feedback. Pre-production ready units may be ordered now. Lead time varies with demand, please contact Contineo for more information.
Contineo Multi-Grasp Robotic Manipulator -
Contineo continues development on the anthromorphic inspired Multi-Grasp Manipulator. Functional testing of first prototypes show promising functional capability for a range of robotic manipulation and remote tool use applications. We are working to integrate the modular principles of field supportable repair and serviceability established for our family of modular end-effectors. Accordingly, the Multi-Grasp Robotic Manipulator is not ready for commercial sales at this point, however, we expect to have limited production units available for custom applications and collaborations by Q3 2012. Please contact Contineo for more information on this development.
Fully Integrated Modular Revolute Joints -
Contineo is developing a scalable series of compact fully integrated modular motor/drive systems for manipulation and control applications requiring revolute joints. Our baseline Modular Revolute Joint designs operate using CAN bus or serial interface via RS-485. Please contact Contineo for more information on these devices and on their availability for your application.