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NIFTi creates new robot arm

To provide a better view on or into large objects, NIFTi created a KOHGA3-style arm to lift a camera platform up to 1.50m. Using this arm, the robot and its operator can look for example into cars or trucks, or onto larger rubble piles. The new arm was demonstrated at the recent Year 2 review, at SFO in Montelibretti (Italy).

The NIFTi robot comes "standardly" equipped with a LadyBug3 omnidirectional camera, sitting at about 30cm above ground level. To provide a better view on or into large objects, NIFTi created a KOHGA3-style arm to lift a camera platform up to 1.50m. Using this arm, the robot and its operator can look for example into cars or trucks, or onto larger rubble piles. 

The new arm was demonstrated at the recent Year 2 review, at SFO in Montelibretti (Italy). 

The arm ways approximately 5 kilograms, with most of the weight located near the robot's (original) center of gravity. It has a payload of about 400-500gr, sufficient to carry multiple cameras on its pan-tilt platform. The goal is to mount a thermal camera, and a visible range camera. (In the picture, an ASUS Kinect-style camera is mounted, demo purposes.) 

For a video of a NIFTi robot with the arm climbing up a staircase, see our Youtube channel: [ http://youtu.be/XEi7WG1iglU]. 

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