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Reachy, a 3D-Printed Human-Like Robotic Arm as a Testbed for Human-Robot Control Strategies

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To this day, despite the increasingmotor capability of robotic devices, elaborating efficient control strategies is still a key challenge in the field of humanoid robotic arms. In particular, providing a human “pilot” with efficient ways to drive such a robotic armrequires thorough testing prior to integration into a finished system. Additionally, when it is needed to preserve anatomical consistency between pilot and robot, such testing requires to employ devices showing human-like features. To fulfill this need for a biomimetic test platform, we present Reachy, a human-like life-scale robotic arm with seven joints from shoulder to wrist. Although Reachy does not include a poly-articulated hand and is thereforemore suitable for studying reaching thanmanipulation, a robotic hand prototype from available third-party projects could be integrated to it. Its 3D-printed structure and off-the-shelf actuators make it inexpensive relatively to the price of an industrial-grade robot. Using an open-source architecture, its design makes it broadly connectable and customizable, so it can be integrated into many applications. To illustrate how Reachy can connect to external devices, this paper presents several proofs of concept where it is operated with various control strategies, such as tele-operation or gaze-driven control. In this way, Reachy can help researchers to explore, develop and test innovative control strategies and interfaces on a human-like robot.

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hal-02326321 , version 1 (22-10-2019)

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Sébastien Mick, Mattieu Lapeyre, Pierre Rouanet, Christophe Halgand, Jenny Benois-Pineau, et al.. Reachy, a 3D-Printed Human-Like Robotic Arm as a Testbed for Human-Robot Control Strategies. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 2019, 13, ⟨10.3389/fnbot.2019.00065⟩. ⟨hal-02326321⟩
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