When it comes to pushing the boundaries of mobile, humanoid or service robotics, the DLR is one of the leading institutions in Germany. One of DLR's humanoid robots is David. This anthropomorphic robot, which is being developed at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, currently has two arms, a torso, a neck and a head and is being continuously improved to be able to be used in an environment made for humans. To this end, David is to become as human as possible in terms of size, strength and dexterity. In order to be able to move freely in the aforementioned human-made environment for pick-up and drop-off services, for example, David requires a suitable, mobile, omnidirectional carrier platform.
By deciding to use the omnidirectional MPO-700 from Neobotix instead of initiating its own development, DLR significantly shortened the time until work could begin. Most importantly, it saved valuable development resources and allowed the researchers and engineers to focus entirely on their actual work and the development and improvement of the robot torso.
In addition, the connection of the torso to the MPO-700 is facilitated by the fact that Neobotix also implemented special requests and adaptations without any problems, thus reducing the time required at DLR to a minimum.