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World’s First Humanoid Service Robot Powered by SCA

BARCELONA–(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)— Mobile World Congress (MWC), the annual industry conference, was held in Barcelona, Spain from February 25 to 28. At local time 14:00 on Feb 26, China INNFOS R&D team revealed the intelligent service robot powered by INNFOS SCA, XR-1.

With the demonstrations of greeting, coffee serving, dancing, Q&A and even needle threading, XR-1 caught the eyes of many attendees and the media. More importantly, the robot showcased the serial compliant actuators developed by INNFOS. This is a significant step toward building a service robot capable of intimate human interactions.

SCA refers to the Smart Compliant Actuator independently developed by INNFOS. SCA integrates the underlying servo driver, high-precision encoder, high-power brushless motor, and light-weight gear reducer. It is the very foundation of the XR-1 intelligent service robot. All the XR-1 joints are assembled with INNFOS SCA. The most important characteristic of SCA is its integrated compliant joints, which can achieve both high-precision and dynamic motions while maintaining its safety features.

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Now those intelligent service robots are widely deployed in businesses, health care facilities, households, amongst other environments. To achieve safe and intelligent human-machine interactions, service robots must include compliant controls, be resistant to impacts, while retaining the functionalities of a high-precision robot.

INNFOS has fulfilled all the requirements mentioned above which makes SCA a cutting-edge actuator. INNFOS team overcame many technical difficulties, marginally reducing the volume of the actuators.

At the same time, the compliance control algorithm greatly improves human-machine interaction. SCA can be widely used in machinery manufacturing and processing, aerospace, precision instruments, health care and other fields.

At the expo scene, XR-1 displayed its dynamic mechanical performance and high integration. It will be a new trend of robot joints in the future!