Semi-autonomous robotic systems can provide useful services in regions that are difficult or hazardous for humans to reach. If the systems are suitably robust, they can be used under water or in environments with particularly harsh conditions and provide valuable data. The animal kingdom is now providing inspiration for new technological solutions in this area for the BMBF-funded "RoboSkin" project. The consortium, consisting of six partners, is developing a robot platform whose core element is a new type of three-dimensional flexible sensor skin, the "Bionic RoboSkin". The model for this was the manta ray.

The Bionic RoboSkin is based on a three-dimensional textile composite that serves as an integration platform for sensors or more complex sensor modules. In addition to moisture-resistant electrical connections for energy supply and communication, woven-in sensor structures are also implemented on the textile carrier. Various other sensors, as well as the central control unit of the autonomous service robot, are mounted on the textile carrier in the form of highly compact modules and electrically connected to it.

The Bionic RoboSkin will be demonstrated and validated in two application areas in the course of the project. In underwater ground reconnaissance using the autonomous robotic system "Manta", magnetic field measurements are used to detect and map metallic structures such as submarine cables, supply lines and munitions. The semi-autonomous rolling robotic system "Dachs" will be used to survey ground structures.

Funding under the Federal Government's Framework Program for Research and Innovation in the field of action: "Electronic and sensor systems for novel robotics applications (SensoRob)".

Project duration: 01.02.2019 to 31.01.2022


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