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RE2, Inc. Develops Dual-Arm Highly Dexterous Manipulation System

The RE2 HDMS Utilizes Open-Architecture and Is Vehicle Independent

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/28/14 -- RE2, Inc. announced today the release of its Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) product line. The HDMS includes dual robotic manipulator arms and a moveable humanoid torso that can be easily mounted onto a robotic platform to efficiently conduct a variety of missions, including explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations, manufacturing, healthcare, and others.

RE2's HDMS product line, which was designed specifically for mobile systems, is extremely flexible and configurable. The HDMS is available in multiple dexterity configurations, including, but not limited to 11, 15 or 16 degrees-of-freedom (DoF). Tele-operated control is achieved using RE2's Imitative Controller technology. Traditional controller methods (i.e. dials/switches, gaming controllers, etc.) are not practical for effectively and efficiently controlling highly dexterous manipulator arms, especially dual-arm systems. The RE2 Imitative Controller provides highly intuitive control of dexterous dual-arm manipulation systems.

"The HDMS provides near humanlike capability and control. Our system offers significant performance and capability improvements over currently fielded manipulators on unmanned systems," stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2.

Features and Benefits of RE2's HDMS:

  • Highly Dexterous
  • Power-dense - 11 DoF system weighs 33.5 pounds but can lift over 100 pounds
  • Efficient - runs off of standard DC voltages and draws minimal current
  • Fast - moves over 90 degrees per second per joint
  • Affordable compared to competitive systems
  • Highly Reliable - utilizes proven commercial-off-the-shelf components
  • Open Architecture - supports JAUS or ROS communication protocols
  • Compatible with the AEODRS architecture
  • Compatible with the US Army's IOP (interoperability profiles)
  • Vehicle Independent - can be mounted on any JAUS or ROS based robotic platform

R&D funding for RE2's dexterous manipulation efforts was provided under the Department of Defense's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with both the Army and the Navy. Development of a dexterous manipulation system began in 2006 with the Office of Naval Reseach (ONR). Building on this, dual-arm manipulation designs were developed with the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC). The HDMS low-cost power-dense actuation technology was developed with the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Under the ARDEC SBIR, RE2's innovative actuation technology was incorporated into an 11 DoF variant of HDMS. ONR went on to fund the development of 15 and 16 DoF variants, providing near humanlike dexterity. ONR continued to support RE2's dexterous manipulation research by funding the development of the highly intuitive Imitative Controller.

Watch videos and learn more about the RE2 HDMS at

About RE2, Inc.
RE2 is a leading developer of Intelligent Modular Manipulation Systems. RE2's mission is to advance the state of the art of mobile manipulation. RE2's development efforts are focused on creating interoperable manipulation systems, intuitive human robot interfaces, and advanced autonomy software for mobile robotics. For more information, please visit or call 412.681.6382.

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