Introducing RH5 Manus: A Powerful Humanoid Upper Body Design for Dynamic MovementsMelya Boukheddimi; Shivesh Kumar; Heiner Peters; Dennis Mronga; Rohan Budhiraja; Frank Kirchner
In: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA-2022), May 23-27, Philadelphia, USA, Pages 01-07, ISBN 978-1-7281-9681-7, IEEE, 2022.
It is well established that a stiff structure along with an optimal mass distribution are key features to perform dynamic movements, and parallel designs provide these characteristics to a robot. This work presents the new upper-body design of the humanoid robot RH5 named RH5 Manus with series-parallel hybrid design. The new design choices allow us to perform dynamic motions including tasks that involve a payload of 4 kg in each hand and fast boxing motions. The parallel kinematics combined with an overall serial chain of the robot provides us with high force production along with a larger range of motion and low peripheral inertia. The robot is equipped with backdrivable actuators with current sensing, force-torque sensors, stereo camera, laser scanners, high-resolution encoders etc that provide interaction with operators and environment. We generate several diverse dynamic motions using trajectory optimization, and successfully execute them on the robot with accurate trajectory and velocity tracking, while respecting joint rotation, velocity, and torque limits.