This 2cm thick robot motor allows injured soldiers to step on the hot wheels.
With it, the wounded can walk again, and the housewife's vegetable basket can go upstairs.
Believe it or not, this smooth metal ring in my hand is actually a motor that can power the robot. It looks more like the props used by the Black Panther in the Kingdom of Wakanda, the smooth, streamlined structure of the Marvel movie, which is nothing like the robotic motor that is commonly seen.
The metal ring is called LiveDrive and is a robotic motor solution from GenesisRobotics. GenesisRobotics is part of the Canadian research and development company GenesisAdvancedTechnology, which develops and licenses new technologies for various industries.
According to company CEOMikeHilton, "In the past, because the robot motor could not provide enough power and torque to support the shifting needs of the robot, it needed to be equipped with a gearbox. Now we have designed a new type of motor that can be obtained without the use of a gearbox. The same amount of output power and torque. This is a brand new design."
LiveDrive was born out of the company's insight into market opportunities—when the on-site engineers discussed the problems encountered in robot construction, the gearbox problem was like a muddy muddy. Therefore, Genesis engineers set out to develop a robotic motor to get rid of the gearbox.
"When we talked to industry insiders, we heard them again and again that gearboxes are one of the biggest factors hindering the development of robotics," Hilton said.
The final solution is this smooth, streamlined motor that uses magnetic technology to amplify the output power. LiveDrive motors are only 2 cm thick and can be stacked on top of each other to increase power without worrying about space issues. "This motor can also be manufactured in a variety of sizes," Hilton said.
"We can make motors of any size between 10 and 76 cm in diameter," he said.
The stacking of motors can produce many interesting applications. Hilton showed me a video with a number of motors stacked on a robotic arm, which greatly increased the flexibility of the arm. It reminds me of the robotic arm of Dr. Octopus in the movie Spider-Man.
In addition, because the LiveDrive is extremely slim, it can solve problems in the design of some products (such as exoskeleton), and can also achieve more useful applications. "The current exoskeleton is too large because the brakes are too big," Hilton said.
The company has been working on developing exoskeletons using its LiveDrive system and has also produced a video to demonstrate how this exoskeleton can help the wounded recover.
GenesisRobotics is a research company that provides solutions that do not produce products. Therefore, they are looking for business partners who can use their technology. Hilton said the company has begun to promote the technology at various conferences and occasions to attract the attention of business partners.
To attract partners, the company developed its own design samples to demonstrate how LiveDrive can be used in a variety of mechanical devices.
In addition to the exoskeleton motion aids we mentioned above, LiveDrive is also used on the GenesisTransporter robot. Inspired by NASA's MarsCuriosity, the latter is used for long-distance cargo transportation on the surface of Mars. Similar to Curiosity, the GenesisTransporter is a transport robot powered by a LiveDrive motor that can travel on complex terrain or even stairs.
The design of this transport robot can be used in both military and civilian markets: 1. Long-distance transportation of military materials; 2. Helping the elderly to handle daily affairs and improve their independent living ability.