MARA, an industrial arm to simplify robotics through modularity

With their technology, called H-ROS, and together with different partners in the robotics industry, Acutronic Robotics (www. builds robot modules that contain the second-generation Robot Operating System (ROS 2.0). When build out of these modules, robots can be physically extended in a seamless manner-just by adding robot parts- and adapt to any specific application. For a long time, robotics has been dominated by a few big players. Now, simplification in development of robots is a must to keep the field’s boost and to narrow the current gap between expectations and reality, particularly in industrial environments and collaborative robotics. Modularity is key to this. Being able to build, extend or repair robots just by connecting modular robot parts together would mean a big advance in efficiency. Actuators, sensors, communication modules, UI devices... modularized by Acutronic Robotics, every robot part from any manufacturer would interoperate from the beginning, easily “understanding” the others and allowing for its comparison with others in the market. Having solved the issue of incompatibility among those components, the integration effort could be shortened, and eventually eliminated, enormously simplifying the overall process of building robots. Building a robot could turn into something similar to playing with Lego, where only those pieces with the best characteristics would be selected. This is a revolutionary innovation for the robotics sector and for industry as a whole, performed by a startup that was founded in 2014 in Spain, acquired by the Swiss Acutronic multinational in 2016 and invested by the Japanese corporation Sony in 2017.

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