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BrainStem provides rich interfacing tools for coupling hardware with software. Initially developed to build custom robots based on hierarchical control, it has grown into an expanding technology platform used in applications ranging from commercial robots to research laboratories. Standardized hardware designs and programming interfaces that includes cross platform software applications, high level APIs and custom scripting languages are constantly being improved.
Garcia is an indoor mobile platform, designed from the ground-up, leveraging BrainStem technology. The robot is a canonical differential drive platform focusing on simplicity, maneuverability and control. Groups working on sophisticated robotics applications comfortable with advanced programming and communication will find tremendous value in Garcia's reliability.
Symonym is a physics based software simulator/visualizer for robots and dynamic simulation environments. Symonym is in use by researchers and organizations developing software for complex systems with rapidly changing algorithms, prototypes and data visualization applications based on real world interactions.
Acroname maintains a wide array of software applications and libraries to facilitate three main components of our business. We have product support software that helps interface, configure, and maintain our products like the BrainStem line of controllers. We also have software applications that stand alone such as our Symonym simulation environment and aHexChange for loading firmware. Finally, we maintain internal software for website interaction, website generation, internal web tools, and other business processes. By necessity , these software components live in a hybrid of Linux, MacOS, and Windows environments so we generally support all three in what we do.
Pleo is a fully autonomous, lifelike robotic creature with a sophisticated operating system that leverages a suite of actuators, sensors and microcontrollers. Acroname was contracted to develop firmware for the motion control units built into each Pleo.
The TinkerTrike is a general purpose mobile platform for robotics research and human/computer interaction (HCI) research. The basic design employs a sturdy lightweight frame and large wheels for high mobility in human domains with roughly the size and mobility characteristics of a common wheelchair.
The Personal Exploration Rover (PER) is a mobile science classroom. Designed by Carnegie Melon University and NASA for dissemination into science museums, each PER is an interactive learning experience. Observers are offered control of the PER inside a simulated martin landscape enabling visitors to act as scientists. Acroname was contracted to manufacture, test and validate a fleet of PER robots that have been distributed around the world.
The Lightweight Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRV) is a polymorphic mobile platform designed by NRG Robotics (acquired by ARA). Acroname was contracted to prototype a control system that combines power electronics, motion control, computing and sensing to turn the LRV into a fully autonomous robot.
Acroname is licensed to sell the Palm Pilot Robot Kit (PPRK) originally conceived by Carnegie Melon University (CMU). This kit has garnered critical acclaim from universities, schools, clubs and media such as the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America. Acroname has redesigned the PPRK for manufacturability, incorporated BrainStem and other Acroname technology and built software frameworks for controlling the robot.
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