MIT Performs Tele-autonomous Bomb Disposal Research Using RE2’s HDMS
The Interactive Robotics Group within MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is using RE2’s 16-DOF Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) integrated onto a Clearpath Husky robotic development platform to create a tele-autonomous bomb disposal robot.
MIT chose RE2’s HDMS dual-arm system because the research team, led by associate professor, Julie Shah, wanted a system similar to one that would be fielded for bomb squad operations. RE2’s HDMS is an Office of Naval Research funded technology and one of the only highly-dexterous dual-arm systems on the market.
Shah and her team are using the HDMS, which the lab code-named “Optimus”, to perform complex real-world tasks that require two arms, such as opening a box and grasping an object inside or grasping a cylinder and extracting something from within the container.