H-ROS

Our modularity solution

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A standardized software and hardware infrastructure
to create modular robot hardware.

PLUG & PLAY

Combine H-ROS components to build new robots easily.
No configuration required. Modules can be added or removed to

the robot network without interfering with runtime operation.

INTERO­PERABLE

We facilitate a common interface that enables

communication among different robot components,

regardless of the manufacturer.

EXTEN­SIBLE

Extend robots from their initial state and add

extra functionality using our AI-powered API.

RECONFI­GURABLE

Adaptable. Modules are recognized automatically.

The robot changes depending on available hardware.

REAL TIME

Deterministic Operating System on each module. Optimized

network stack with bounded end-to-end communication latencies.

Distributed clock synchronization (sub-microsecond).

SECURE

Encrypted and secure computing environment.

Secure data exchange capabilities.

Hacker-powered security through continuous penetration tests.

ROS 2.0

Powered by ROS 2.0,

the ultimate framework for robot application development.

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H-ROS in a module

Empowering modularity.

A tiny device for building industrial-grade plug-and-play robot modules.

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MARA


The first modular cobot

A modular and collaborative robotic arm with ROS 2.0 in each module (actuators and sensors) that delivers industrial-grade features and empowers new possibilities and applications in the professional landscape of robotics.

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Powered by top robotics research

MARA is the result of years of work in modular robots. Find below a few of our articles and tech reports:

Time-Sensitive Networking for robotics

Many of the existing real-time industrial solutions will slowly be replaced by TSN. This will lead towards a unified landscape of physically interoperable robots and robot components. We discuss some of the TSN features relevant for deterministic communications and evaluate experimentally one of the shaping mechanisms –the time-aware shaper– in an exemplary robotic scenario.

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Real-time Linux communications: an evaluation of the Linux

As robotics systems become more distributed, the communications between different robot parts play a key role for the reliability of the overall robot control. We evaluate the real-time performance of UDP based communications in Linux on multi- core embedded devices as test platforms.

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Towards a distributed and real-time framework for robots: Evaluation of ROS 2.0 communications for real-time robotic applications

An evaluation of ROS 2.0 communications in a robotic inter-component (hardware) communication case on top of Linux. We demonstrate experimentally how computation and network congestion impacts the communication latencies and propose a setup that, under certain conditions, mitigates these delays and obtains bounded traffic.

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Time Synchronization in modular collaborative robots

We propose a new sub-class of cobots named M-cobots and demonstrate how with them we are able to obtain distributed sub-microsecond clock synchronization accuracy among modules, timestamping accuracy of ROS 2.0 messages under 100 microseconds and millisecond-level end-to-end communication latencies.

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The Hardware Robot Operating System (H-ROS); an infrastructure to create interoperable robot components

Having modular robot parts can considerably reduce the integration effort of building robots. We present a joint hardware and software infrastructure to create those vendor-agnostic and reconfigurable robot parts.