POWERBOT: All-purpose base

The PowerBot is a high-payload differential-drive robot for research and rapid prototyping. Featuring the same intelligence and maneuverability of our smaller platforms, PowerBot moves up to 1.6 m/s with a payload of up to 100 kg. It is an ideal platform for laboratory and research tasks involving delivery, navigation, and manipulation.

The PowerBot base platform with included software has the ability to:

  • BE DRIVEN with keys or joystick
  • PLAN PATHS with gradient navigation
  • DISPLAY a map of its sonar and/or laser readings
  • LOCALIZE using sonar (with optional laser upgrade)
  • COMMUNICATE SENSOR & CONTROL information relating sonar, motor encoder, motor controls, user I/O, and battery charge data
  • RUN C/C++ PROGRAMS
  • TEST ACTIVITIES QUICKLY
  • SIMULATE BEHAVIORS OFFLINE with the simulator that accompanies each development environment

The PowerBot is an all-purpose base, used for research and applications involving:

  • mapping
  • teleoperation
  • localization
  • monitoring
  • reconnaissance
  • vision
  • manipulation
  • cooperation