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  • Currently we are collecting educational material involving KUKA youBot in teaching basics of robotics, robot manipulation, mobile manipulation including
    • lecture slides
    • tutorials
    • course notes
    • video lectures
    • multimedia documentation of exercises and experiments
    • multimedia documentation of term projects
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  • Research & Educational Robotics - youBot


    The KUKA youBot has become indispensable in the area of research and teaching. It consists of an omnidirectional mobile platform on which a five-axis robot arm with a two-finger gripper is installed. The arm and mobile platform can also be used individually. The KUKA youBot targets research institutes and universities which can easily implement their own controllers and application ideas with the robot.

    In order to allow researchers, teachers and students maximum experimental freedom, the KUKA robot is supplied entirely without a proprietary controller. Instead, it is equipped with a powerful PC board and an EtherCat-based interface to the electronic drive system. The KUKA youBot can be controlled using a wide range of open-source software packages as well as other software ( C++ API, ROS, Orocos, LabView and many more). The open interfaces additionally allow the users to equip the KUKA youBot with sensors and to develop complex applications.

    The KUKA youBot offers researchers, teachers and students along with industry-based research and development departments the hardware basis for testing new ideas and scaling the acquired knowledge to other applications. The KUKA youBot therefore allows researchers to work on a small scale on major topics that impact the “factory of the future” and continue on course towards Industry 4.0.

    youBot Projects:
    • Cooperating youBots building IKEA Furniture (MIT, USA)
    • Easy sensor integration with Leap Motion (youBot Team)
    • Candidates of the KUKA Innovation Award 2014
    • The RoCKIn EU funded project establishes a new
    • industrial league and designs benchmarking criteria.

      • youBot Arm


        With the external, controllable 5-axis kinematics you can practically demonstrate and analyze the basics of robotics kinematics and dynamics. It is possible to perform basic grasping applications and, if extended with sensors, you can realize applications with grasp planning.
          • Technical Data:

            • Serial kinematics: 5 axes
            • Height: 655 mm
            • Work envelope: 0.513 m3
            • Weight: 5.8 kg
            • Payload: 0.5 kg
            • Structure: Magnesium Cast
            • Positioning repeatability: 0.1 mm
            • Communication: EtherCAT: 1 ms cycle
            • Voltage connection: 24 V DC
            • Drive train power limitable to: 80 W
          • Axis Data:

            • Axis 1 (A1):  Range: +/– 169°  Speed: 90°/s
            • Axis 2 (A2):  Range: + 90°/– 65°  Speed: 90°/s
            • Axis 3 (A3):  Range: + 146°/– 151°  Speed: 90°/s
            • Axis 4 (A4):  Range: +/– 102°  Speed: 90°/s
            • Axis 5 (A5):  Range: +/– 167°  Speed: 90°/s
          • Gripper - detachable, 2 fingers:::

            • Gripper stroke: 20 mm
            • Gripper range: 70 mm
            • Motors: 2 independent stepper motors
        • youBot Platform


          Maximal freedom of movement (x, y, Θ) with the omnidirectional wheel system. The KUKA youBot platform is ideal for research, education and application development especially in the field of logistics and navigation, whether for motion planning, autonomous driving or feasibility studies. With open interfaces – simply extended with sensors or actors – and equipped with an integrated controller PC, it is possible to work on a broad spectrum of topics.

          Technical Data:
          • Omnidirectional kinematics: 4 KUKA omniWheels
          • Length: 580 mm
          • Width: 376 mm
          • Height: 140 mm
          • Clearance: 30 mm
          • Weight :20 kg
          • Payload: 20 kg
          • Structure: Steel
          • Speed: 0.8 m/s
          • Communication: EtherCAT: 1 ms cycle
          • Voltage connection: 24 V DC
          General characteristics energy supply:
          • Maintenance-free lead acid rechargeable batteries: 24 V, 5 Ah; Power supply: 200 W
          • Approximate battery runtime of KUKA youBot mobile manipulator: 90 minutes
          General characteristics mini PC:
          • Mini ITX PC-Board with embedded Intel® Atom Dual-Core CPU, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD, USB
          • Modules and Product Variants

          • In its basic configuration, the KUKA youBot consists of an omnidirectional mobile platform on which a 5-axis robot arm with a gripper is installed. The arm, gripper and mobile platform can also be used individually.
                • KUKA youBot omni-directional mobile platform with 5-degree-of-freedom manipulator with 2-finger gripper

                • KUKA youBot omni-directional mobile platform with two 5-degree-of-freedom manipulators with two 2-finger grippers

            • Possible Application Domains

                • high accuracy applications

                • cooperating robots

                • human-robot interaction

                • logistics and swarm applications

              • Available Software

                • linux-based, open-source robot control API with open interfaces (position, velocity and current control) and sample applications
                • models for simulation software tools
                • application development by common control systems and functional packages (e.g. ROS, Orocos, LabView)
                • inifinite variety of compatible sensors (e.g. laser scanners, infrared distance sensors, cameras)