NAVER LABS AMBIDEX
VLND designed AMBIDEX, the innovative robot arm resulting from collaborative studies on human-robot coexistence.
Designed by VLND.
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Creative Directing: Kim Seungwoo
Design: Kim Seungwoo, Im Minkyo
Photo Shoot: Bang Sangsik
Photo Editing & Visualization: Kim Seungwoo
Robot arms have a long history in robotic research where they have mainly been developed for manufacturing purposes focused on precision, repetition and heavy-load work. But this kind of heavy and bulky robot arm is not well suited to a home setting and could even be considered dangerous. The company work in the areas of hardware, control, recognition and intelligence aims at making the robot arm in the home a reality.
AMBIDEX uses cable-driven mechanisms that place all the heavy actuators in the shoulder and body parts. This lightens the arms and means they can be driven with wires. Using innovative mechanisms that enhance the force and strength in each joint, AMBIDEX has achieved the same level of control, performance, and precision as industrial robots.
Design for LIGHT weight and high strength
VLND designed the arm to minimize weight while maintaining a balanced volume. The internal rib structure was beautifully designed and increases the strength. The lightweight robotic arm as light as humans means safe interaction between human and robot is possible.
DESIGN, HIGHLIGHTS THE CABLE DRIVEN MECHANISMS
We designed AMBIDEX to make the innovative, efficient mechanism visible from the outside. You can see cables, actuators, and structures visible between the part and the part. All lines and surfaces have been carefully adjusted. The slick, solid design makes the technology stand out.
At just 2.6 kg, AMBIDEX's arm weighs less than the average arm of a male adult. It can be operated at a maximum speed of 5 m/s and is capable of carrying up to 3 kg. Because it can be controlled to the same extent as an industrial robot, it has a wide range of applications, from simple carrying to performing complex tasks that require precise manipulation and collaboration.
AMBIDEX demonstrated on stage at CES 2019 in Las Vegas and won the CES Innovation Award.
CES Innovation Awards 2019 Honoree, CTA, US