Research and Service Robotics

Creative Robotics Ltd emerged from ten years of research into the development of core technology designed to underpin the future development of autonomous and intelligent robotics. Our goal is to bring a fresh and creative approach to solving the design and engineering challenges that are faced when making truly adaptive and intelligent mobile systems.

Our focus is the development of novel hardware modules for combined sensing and actuation designed to facilitate the creation of diverse autonomous robotic platforms. By applying novel concepts and good design to sensor/actuator hardware, and the software systems that tie them together, we will open the door to a broader range of mobile robot applications and markets.

Versatility and usability are the two key aspects of our design ethos – we like to create products that are versatile, solving many problems in a package and which are quick to deploy and easy to use. We also have a strong interest in education and the open source hardware community.

HUDLBot

For information on our Tesco HUDL2 controlled platform please go here.

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Bespoke mobile robot platforms

UniBot

Unibot is a holonomic drive research platform with rocker suspension designed for indoor and outdoor use on rough terrain.

UniBot

For more information on our research equipment and services please contact sales@creative-robotics.com

Key Technology Areas:

Wheeled motion

We are developing a range of drive and control solution for wheeled robots. Our in wheel drive technologies allow you to literally bolt a fully functional, intelligent powered wheel to any chassis or frame.

The HUB-ee wheel is our first commercial product in this range and is aimed at the hobby, education and laboratory research markets. The core technology and experience gained through developing this unique and low cost product is being applied to the development of a range of wheel hub systems for a full range of commercial, research and educational uses.

Steering Actuation

To complement the wheel hub drive systems we are developing a range of smart steering actuation systems to provide uninterrupted 360 degree steering for individual wheels and the creation of platforms capable of unidirectional motion. The inclusion of slip rings and 360 degree absolute position control make these actuators ideally suited to a number of other tasks, for example pan tilt systems and sensor turrets.

Active and Passive Suspension

Keeping all four, or six or eight wheels on the ground produces a more stable and capable platform and we have developed a range of design solutions, from simple instrumented rocker suspension to more complex semi or fully actuated and articulated systems, all designed to get the most out of a set of wheels.

Compliant Actuators

Compliant actuation is a critical element for any autonomous system operating in an unstructured environment, with other intelligent or living agents and when performing manipulation tasks. Mechanical compliance gives a robot a soft touch and can transform a limb or other actuated mechanism into an interactive sensor.

We are developing a novel approach to compliant actuation, based on award winning university research, called software defined mechanical elements. Intended both as a rapid prototyping tool and an end solution, a software defined mechanical element is an electromechanical actuator that can be graphically programmed to emulate the behaviour of a wide range of mechanical systems, including dynamically adjustable spring dampers and biological or antagonistic actuators.

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