WAM™ Arm Articles


University of Illinois at Chicago and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Haptic/Graphic Rehabilitation: Integrating a Robot into a Virtual Environment Library and Applying it to Stroke Therapy

Recent research that tests interactive devices for prolonged therapy practice has revealed new prospects for robotics combined with graphical and other forms of biofeedback.

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Eurasip Journal on Audio, Speech and Music Processing

Music expression with a robot manipulator used as a bidirectional tangible interface

The availability of haptic interfaces in music content processing offers interesting possibilities of performer-instrument interaction for musical expression.

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University of Southern California

Use of tactile feedback to control exploratory movements to characterize object compliance

Humans have been shown to be good at using active touch to perceive subtle differences in compliance. They tend to use highly stereotypical exploratory strategies, such as applying normal force to a surface. We developed similar exploratory and perceptual algorithms for a mechatronic robotic system (Barrett arm/hand system) equipped with liquid-filled, biomimetic tactile sensors(BioTac® from SynTouch LLC).

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Science Nation

Robotic Arms - Rubbing elbows with robotics

Brian Zenowich will sometimes spend his workdays doing a little arm-in-arm dancing. His dance partners manage to stay in step, duplicating his every move almost flawlessly. The "twist" here isn't the type of dance he's doing. It's the fact that Zenowich isn't dancing with humans. He's actually a robotics engineer for Barrett Technologies in Cambridge, Mass., where the company makes robotic arms and hands.

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Embedded Technology

Robotics Offer Newfound Surgical Capabilities

Anyone who has ever worked on a car’s engine or tried to fix a sink knows the frustration of trying to perform precision work in a hard-to-reach place.

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New Scientist

Robots to get their own operating system

A new generation of interactive robots that "learn" from experience are developed around the advanced technolgy of the BarrettHand™.

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Scientific American

Can Robots Be Programmed to Learn from Their Own Experiences?

It took just a few decades for computers to evolve from room-size vacuum tube–based machines that cost as much as a house to cheap chip-powered desktop models with vastly more processing power.

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US National Science Foundation's Newsletter

The Science of Innovation

Barrett Technology's WAM-based robot, Marvin,
using Intel's Electric Field Pretouch robotic grasping technology, with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage with Intel CEO Craig Barrett and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at CeBIT'09

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Science Channel

Brink Package: Robots Become Human

Can a robot learn just like a baby does? Scientists at Iowa State University are advancing the field of Developmental Robotics. They have created a robot that is in the infant stages of learning how to learn.

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Time Magazine

Top 10 Japanese Robots

The hottest couple in Japan right now just may be
two baseball-playing robots. Unveiled by University
of Tokyo researchers in July 2009, the robotic pitcher and batter can play against each other almost perfectly.

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Industrial Robot

The harmonious robot

Describes the design methodology and human-centre functionality of the whole arm manipulator (WAM) developed originally at MIT and brought to commercial fruition by Barrett Technology.

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Mass High Tech

How to make machines feel a little more human

Thanks to a real-world research partnership between the robotics industry and academia, man and machine may soon be on better terms in the workplace.

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Boston Business Journal

Barrett links with UMass for 'human-like' robots

Mention robots to the average person and what you'll often get are Hollywood images of hyper-intelligent androids such as C3PO and R2D2 from "Star Wars" or the weapon-toting human-destroying "Terminator."

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Machine Design Magazine

Cable Drives Make Arm Fast and Stiff

A robot arm that was originally designed at MIT's AI Lab is now being developed for NASA's use by Barrett Technology Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

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Newsweek

Catch This!

"In the continuing effort to build machines that can do things better than humans, MIT researchers have created the Whole Arm Manipulator (WAM™).

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