Modular joints

Thanks to the H-ROS SoM, the augmented advantages of the module are:

  • ROS 2.0 Hardware: A purely distributed architecture built with ROS 2.0 that makes the module a first class-participant of the ROS 2.0 ecosystem.
  • Hardware level life-cycle: ROS 2.0 life-cycle extension to hardware which allows to influence power conditions for an increased performance or adaptive behavior.
  • Security: An encrypted computing and communication environment. A hacker-tested robot module, secured through continuous security audits.
  • Interoperability: A common interface, the Hardware Robot Information Model (HRIM), enables communication among different vendors regardless of the manufacturer. It also enables robot modules to be added or removed from the network without interfering with the runtime operation of any other device on said network without impacting any data flows in which they are not directly engaged.
  • Diagnostics and telemetry: First hand data about robot part states through ROS topics, such as power consumption, processor load and much, much more.
  • Automatic updates, over the air (OTA): Over-The-Air updates for robot parts. The SoM keeps robots and robot modules updated, seamlessly.
  • Full synchronization: Distributed sub-microsecond clock synchronization accuracy. ROS 2.0 latencies get optimized.
  • Real-Time Operating System: Deterministic operating system responses powered by a hybrid architecture featuring the most popular OS in the robotics domain: Linux.
  • Resilient networking: Applications that operate predictably in the presence of network congestion. Even with traffic bursts above 90% of the channel capacity, our solution delivers.
  • Traffic shaping: A mechanism that allows reserving bandwidth for high-priority traffic while, at the same time, ensuring best effort traffic will continue flowing.
  • Policing: Robot modules that meet their specifications by applying individual policy rules. This implies that even if your robot component malfunctions, we ensure that it does not compromise the rest of the robot network.
  • Bandwidth allocation: The option to dynamically estimate the available bandwidth in the network and to reserve an additional portion, if possible. This empowers roboticists with the status of the robot network.
  • Redundancy: A variety of different network architectures that enhance the redundancy of a robot network (daisy-chain, line, ring, tree, etc.), gaining reliability.
  • Low cycle times: Scalable and user-selectable cyclic update rates that can meet or exceed legacy Industrial Ethernet solutions.
  • Scalability: The possibility to grow from individual modules to large robots composed of hundreds of modules in multi-network setups.
  • Converged networks: Coexistence with best effort traffic and support to multiple industrial protocols.