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Protective Robotic Envelopes

The Shima Lab is currently addressing needed improvements to brittle composite enclosures for humanoid robots by developing protective envelope prototypes. We are designing padded flexible outerwear to mitigate fall and collision damage. High tensile strength yarn will be used in production to provide abrasion resistance and additional protection. In this project solid modeling and finite element analysis software are used extensively to design and virtually test the garment patterns before production.

Left: Two Hubo robots, one contained in the traditional plastic casing, and one encased in a protective, yet flexible knitted structure.
Right: Hubo robot with traditional helmet covering and flexible chest plate.

Collaborators:
Genevieve Dion, M.S. in Industrial Design, Director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab
Paul Oh, Ph.D. Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering
Youngmoo Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Media Technologies, College of Engineering, Director of the ExCITe Center

Funding:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) award #N65236-12-1-1005 for the DARPA Robotics Challenge