Dual robotic arm interaction

One of our more unusual applications - we were asked to design and build a robotic barman - Mr Asahi.

About Mr Asahi:

Mr Asahi has been constructed using the latest technology from the fields of Robotics and Animatronics.  Mr Asahi’s movements involve some serious animatronics which have been developed with the use of compressed air that is controlled and regulated through various valves and electrical switching mechanisms via a PC.

Fully life-size, he will stand behind a specially constructed bar to serve customers ice cold Asahi Beer. 

Eight engineers have taken a whopping 200 man hours to assemble him.

His arms have been built in Japan, the home of Asahi, and would rival any Gladiators in strength. The DENSO VP-6242 robots have 6 axis functionality enabling them to perform under extreme pressure at the bar where he can perform 60 repeatable functions per minute.

His bespoke hands were made for him in Aylesbury, UK.  These enable him to hold different shaped glasses and bottles.  His head has been specially constructed in Leicester as has his torso which would make even Arnold Schwarzenegger seem puny.

He weighs a quarter of a ton but never needs to be fed!

His head was specially commissioned to function in harmony with his robotic arms, allowing him to watch his own movements while he open bottles and pours half pints, he really concentrates on what he is doing - in some cases better than a human barman!

His facial features have been achieved using LED lights, which move and alternate from green to red as he strains to remove bottle tops!

Uniquely, Mr Asahi can reply politely to questions from his customers via an integrated vocal speaker system, which is operator controlled and has over 500 vocal effects.

With his colour changing heart chest light he is always ready for a party and is sure to grab some serious attention.

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