Standardized Software & Hardware Infrastructure Developed for Modular Robotics

By Mike Ball / 04 Oct 2018

H-ROS modular robotics platform

Acutronic Robotics has announced the launch of H-ROS (Hardware Robot Operating System), a standardized software and hardware infrastructure to create modular robots. H-ROS utilizes a tiny hardware component, the H-ROS System on Module, that makes modularity possible in a vendor-agnostic manner, without restrictions. Any robotics component from any manufacturer can be “modularized” with the H-ROS SoM.

Acting from within each robot component, the SoM simplifies the process of integrating robot parts, reducing the cost and time to market. It does so by offering ROS in a module, which provides an opportunity to unify robotics. Robot components from all kinds of manufacturers can become ROS-native, speaking the same “language”.

In addition, the SoM provides a complete package with automatic updates, a high speed (Gigabit Ethernet) synchronous and real-time capable communication bus, and a Real-Time Operating System or an enhanced and industry-grade ROS 2.0 setup.

Acutronic Robotics has also launched a demonstration of the H-ROS SoM implementation with MARA (Modular Articulated Robotic Arm), the first M-cobot (modular cobot) with the Robot Operating System (ROS 2.0) running into each actuator, sensor and other robot components.

MARA is a truly modular plug-and-play collaborative robot arm which can be physically extended in a seamless manner and thus adapts to any specific application. It offers industrial-grade features and has been created to solve new and challenging automation demands that require dexterity and flexibility.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact