The qbmove maker pro is the first affordable, muscle-like building block for constructing soft robots. An actuator that is small and lightweight, the maker pro is unique in its ability to endow robots with Natural Motion, i.e. that resembles the elegance and deftness of human motion, a radical contrast to the traditional rigid and mechanical motion of robots built with common servo-mechanisms.
The maker pro can tuned to be soft or rigid, depending on the task at hand. If the robot needs to guarantee safety during impact, the maker pro can be set to be soft. While if precision is the greater need, the maker pro can be set to be more rigid. Optimizing energy or speed performance can be achieved by alternating between soft and rigid settings. These combinations can be applied to tasks that are very complex, e.g. grasping or throwing objects, hammering, drawing, or even playing a musical instrument, such as the drums.
Designed to be controlled like conventional servomotors, the maker pro can be changed in position and stiffness. maker Pros are currently employed in the construction of robotic platforms that require Natural Motion, such as robotic arms, androids or robotic creatures. The qbmove can substitute small conventional servomotors used for constructing any mechanism or robotic system.
- Custom electronics and high-strength aluminium parts
- USB & RS485 communication
- Nominal torque 1.2 Nm
- Nominal speed 4 rad/s
- Variable stiffness range [0.5 – 13] Nm/rad
- Rotation range +/- 180°