MAY 8-11 | KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON CONVENTION CENTER DALLAS

Ghost Robotics, Inc.  

Philadelphia,  PA 
United States
http://www.ghostrobotics.io
  • Booth: 341


Legged UGV Platform | ROBOTS THAT FEEL THE WORLD™ ​

Ghost Robotics™ is revolutionizing legged robotics and the market for small to medium UGVs used in rough, unstructured terrain and harsh environments with patent-pending technology. The core design principle for lightweight and ultrafast robots is reduced mechanical complexity when compared to other legged and tracked UGVs. By reducing complexity, we inherently increase durability and reduce the cost to deploy, increasing adoption across a range of markets. The Ghost Minitaur™ legged robot R&D platform is used for building commercial UGVs, locomotion research and machine learning. It is a precursor to a future portfolio of ruggedized UGVs (and UUVs) slated to be delivered for scientific, military and commercial applications.


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 Press Releases

  • Ghost Minitaur™ Highly Agile Direct-Drive Quadruped Demonstrates Why Legged Robots are Far Superior to Wheels and Tracks When Venturing Outdoors

    Ghost Robotics™ gains market validation with orders from Carnegie Mellon, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Washington, U.S. Army Research Labs and Google


    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ghost Robotics, a leader in fast and lightweight direct-drive (gearless) legged robots, announced today that its patent-pending Ghost Minitaur™ has been updated with advanced reactive behaviors for navigating grass, rock, sand, snow and ice fields, urban objects and debris, and vertical terrain. (VENTURES OUTDOORS VIDEO LINK)

    The latest gaits adapt reactively to unstructured and dynamic environments to maintain balance, ascend steep inclines (up to 35º), handle curb-sized steps in stride (up to 15cm), crouch to fit under crawl spaces (as low as 27cm), and operate at variable speeds and turning rates. Minitaur's high-force capabilities enable it to leap onto ledges (up to 40cm) and across gaps (up to 80cm). Its high control bandwidth allows it to actively balance on two legs, and high speed operation allows its legs to manipulate the world faster than the blink of an eye, while deftly reacting to unexpected contact.

    "Our primary focus since releasing the Minitaur late last year has been expanding its behaviors to traverse a wide range of terrains and real-world operating scenarios," said Gavin Kenneally, and Avik De, Co-founders of Ghost Robotics. "In a short time, we have shown that legged robots not only have superior baseline mobility over wheels and tracks in a variety of environments and terrains, but also exhibit a diverse set of behaviors that allow them to easily overcome natural obstacles. We are excited to push the envelope with future capabilities, improved hardware, as well as integrated sensing and autonomy."

    Ghost Robotics is designing next-generation legged robots that are superior to wheeled and tracked autonomous vehicles in real-world field applications, while substantially reducing costs to drive adoption and scalable deployments. Its direct-drive technology creates the lowest cost model with durability for commercializing very small to medium size legged UGV sensor platforms over any competitive design. The company's underlying research and intellectual property have additional applications in ultra-precise manipulators that are human-safe, and advanced gait research.

    While a commercial version of the Ghost Minitaur™ robot is slated for delivery in the future, the current development platform is in high demand and has been shipped to many top robotics researchers worldwide because of its design simplicity, low cost and flexible software development environment for a broad range of research and commercialization initiatives.

    "We are pleased with our R&D progress towards commercializing the Ghost Minitaur™ to prove legged robots can surpass the performance of wheel and track UGVs, while keeping the cost model low to support volume adoption, which is certainly not the case with existing bipedal and quadrupedal robot vendors," said Jiren Parikh, Ghost Robotics, CEO.

    In the coming quarters, the company plans to demonstrate further improvements in mobility, built-in manipulation capabilities to interact with objects in the world, integration with more sensors, built-in autonomy for operation with reduced human intervention, as well as increased mechanical robustness and durability for operation in harsh environments.

    About Ghost Robotics

    Robots that Feel the World™. Ghost Robotics develops patent-pending, ultrafast and highly responsive direct-drive (no gearbox) legged robots for instantaneous and precise force feedback applications, offering superior operability over wheeled and tracked robots. The lightweight and low-cost Ghost Minitaur™ robot platform can be used as an autonomous vehicle fitted with sensors for ISR, asset management and inspection, exploration, scientific and military applications where unknown, rough, varied, hazardous, environmentally sensitive and even vertical terrain is present. Ghost Robotics is privately held and backed by the University of Pennsylvania and PCI Ventures with offices in Philadelphia. www.ghostrobotics.io

  • Ghost Robotics™ Launches Ghost Minitaur™ Direct-Drive Legged Robot Platform For Autonomous Vehicle Applications

    Built for Instantaneous and Highly-Precise Force Feedback Applications and Movement Across Unknown, Rough and Vertical Terrains for Commercial, Scientific and Military Markets


    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ghost Robotics, LLC, a leader in research and development of legged, direct-drive (gearless) and proprioceptive robotics technologies announced today that it has launched its first patent-pending direct-drive legged robot platform, Ghost Minitaur™  (GHOST VIDEO LINK).

    Founded by University of Pennsylvania PhD candidates, Avik De and Gavin Kenneally, Ghost Robotics is researching and building next-generation legged robots that are superior to wheeled and tracked autonomous vehicles in many field applications. The companies underlying research and intellectual property have additional applications in surgery, lab operations, healthcare and advanced gait research. The company launched October 2015 and is backed by the University of Pennsylvania and PCI Ventures, which incubate Penn's leading research and innovations.

    "We are extremely excited to be launching our first commercial robot platform, Ghost Minitaur™," said Gavin Kenneally, Co-founder of Ghost Robotics. "This has been a long journey in the conceptualization and development of the robot, and we see many applications for the platform ahead and underlying technology," added Avik De, Co-founder.

    Ghost Minitaur™ is a patent-pending medium-sized legged robot highly adept at perceiving tactile sensations. Its high torque motors, motor controllers, and specialized leg design allow this machine to run and jump over difficult terrain while actively balancing, climb fences, and rapidly reorient from falls. High-speed and high-resolution encoders let the robot see and feel the ground through the motors and adapt faster than the blink of an eye. 

    A key application includes deployment of Ghost Minitaur™ as an autonomous sensor vehicle for public safety, military, exploration, mining, agricultural and hazardous environment operation. The robot can also be used in advanced gait R&D and can be programmed for a range of gaits (bounding, crabbing, walking, trotting), climbing stairs and fences, and even opening doors.    

    "The forward thinking vision of both Gavin and Avik is quite impressive," said Jiren Parikh, Ghost Robotics, CEO. "The market opportunity for legged robots in operating environments where wheeled or tracked robots have limitations is substantial."

    About Ghost Robotics

    Robots that Feel the World™. Ghost Robotics develops patent-pending, ultrafast and highly responsive direct-drive (no gearbox) legged robots for instantaneous and precise force feedback applications, offering superior operability over wheeled and tracked robots. The lightweight and low-cost Ghost Minitaur™ robot platform can be used as an autonomous vehicle fitted with sensors for ISR, asset management and inspection, exploration, scientific and military applications where unknown, rough, varied, hazardous, environmentally sensitive and even vertical terrain is present. Ghost Robotics is privately held and backed by the University of Pennsylvania and PCI Ventures with offices in Philadelphia. www.ghostrobotics.io


 Products

  • Ghost Minitaur™ Legged UGV Robot R&D Platform
    Lightweight and dynamic direct-drive legged robot for developing commercial UGVs, gait and locomotion research and machine learning applications....

  • Ghost Minitaur™ is a medium-sized fast, lightweight and dynamic direct-drive legged robot platform for developing commercial unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), advanced gait and locomotion research, and machine learning and training applications. The Minitaur is a fully operational legged robot R&D platform starting at USD 11,500, and a precursor to a portfolio of small to medium scale ruggedized field-grade UGV platforms slated to be delivered in the future for range of scientific, military and commercial applications. Its high-torque brushless outrunner motors and specialized leg design let this UGV run, jump and even climb over difficult terrain.  High-speed and high-resolution encoders let the machine feel the ground directly through the motors and adapt faster than the blink of an eye.  Minitaur’s unique leg design and custom motor controllers let our motors behave like springs, which can be programmed to mimic spring-damper systems with 100% software tunable active compliance. https://www.ghostrobotics.io/order


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