New Equipment Digest: Giant Fighting Robot gets HRI E-Stop

The Mk III, a giant fighting robot from the team at Megabots, is getting ready to go into battle. When it does, an HRI Wireless Emergency Stop will be in use to keep operators and spectators safe.   Check out New Equipment Digest’s Assembling a Modern Mech Marvel to read about HRI and the other manufacturers behind this epic machine.

HNY from HRI!

Happy New Year from HRI! We hope that 2016 will be a happy, safe and productive year for you. At HRI, 2015 was a year of new product introductions, new customer engagements, new employee onboarding, new business models, and most of all, a growing excitement about the way advanced technology is hitting just about every industry. We’re writing to tell you a little bit about what we’re looking forward to in the year ahead, and also to share a few interesting moments from the past year. From product introductions, to exciting collaborations with world class organizations like Mitsubishi Electric and DARPA, here are just a few of our highlights from 2015:   In FEBRUARY, we officially announced the launch of our CAN-Sync Wireless CAN Bridge, a product that delivers a reliable link between CAN interfaces for applications where wiring isn’t an option. Since then, we’ve shipped the CAN-Sync all over the world. It’s been put to work in forestry and agricultural operations, recycling plants, parking garages, mining trucks, pile drivers, and more. The CAN-Sync has been a welcome addition to our suite of safe wireless products, and we’ve received great feedback from customers on its range and reliability. In JUNE, our Wireless Emergency Stops were used by every team at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, where the world’s most advanced robots faced off on a disaster relief obstacle course. We were honored to be chosen by DARPA as the provider of emergency stops for this elite competition. As robotic technology evolves, so does the need for more advanced safety controls. Our partnership with DARPA shows that HRI is ready to meet that need by providing cutting-edge safety tools for the world’s next generation of robotics. More on the challenge, and some cool photos here. In SEPTEMBER, we debuted an exciting collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Automation at Pack Expo. We’ve been working with Mitsubishi on a customized wireless teach pendant that implements our wireless protocol for safety critical functions like emergency stopping and enable devices. The result was a custom wrapper for a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet PC that adds dead man switches and an E-Stop, and enables the controller to be used with industrial robots. This tool will allow Mitsubishi’s customers to control their entire manufacturing cell while mobile, rather than having to plug into each machine individually. We are excited about the advances in safety and productivity that this is going to bring to the factory! Mitsubishi Product Application Specialist Steve Pacitto and HRI Co-Founder Samuel Reeves In NOVEMBER, our Principal Control Systems Engineer Nathan Bivans became certified as a CMSE® – Certified Machinery Safety Expert. This distinction demonstrates that Nathan has completed the foremost machinery safety training program of its kind, and has been certified as an expert by TÜV NORD. Nathan has been with HRI since 2012, after working with Apple , Motorola, and Lutron Electronics. He plays a crucial role in the development of our technology for embedded and safety critical systems. Nathan’s new certification is just one more example of HRI’s continued  and rigorous commitment to excellence in machine safety. Safe Remote Control: Our Safe Remote Control System continued to find interesting and worthwhile applications throughout the year with customers in every domain of mobile robotics: in the air, on and under the water, and on land. It also confirmed our belief that all machines are becoming robots by finding new applications from defense to construction vehicles to amusement parks. Custom Projects: While our stock products continued to grow in 2015, we were increasingly grateful for a growing number of custom requests from machinery innovators with complex needs for …

Press Release: Humanistic Robotics Teams up with DARPA to Elevate Safety at the Robotics Challenge Finals

  Wireless Emergency Stop Technology Now Required for all Challenge Entries June 02, 2015 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time  PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Humanistic Robotics, Inc. (HRI), a robotics and technology innovator dedicated to making the world safer through engineering and design, has teamed up with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to heighten the safety at the final “showdown” of the DARPA Robotics Finals, June 5-6, 2015. All twenty-five finalists are required to integrate HRI’s Wireless Emergency Stop and companion technology into their robots, a challenge protocol that will maximize safety and minimize damage in the case of unforeseen malfunctions. The Wireless E-Stop utilizes HRI’s proprietary SafetySense® technology to create a safe and reliable wireless link for controlling advanced machines remotely. “HRI is extremely proud to provide DARPA this technology for this prestigious competition” “These contestants are as advanced as they come in the engineering world. The machines they design represent the next generation of robotics – they aren’t in this just for fun, they are in this to innovate technology that will change the world,” said Josh Koplin, Co-Founder, HRI. “Requiring our Wireless E-Stop isn’t just meant to increase the safety at the Challenge event. We see it as a way to demonstrate to spectators and the general public that robots are going to increasingly impact their lives in a really positive way, and a lot of us are working to ensure that this innovation happens safely and robots can become tools people can trust.” As machines in all industries become more capable and intelligent, HRI is developing wireless systems to ensure the safety and productivity of human-machine teams. HRI products such as the Wireless E-Stop utilize industry-leading safety methodologies including SafetySense®, a proprietary design strategy included in all of HRI’s robotics products. HRI’s Wireless E-Stop provides immediate intervention to prevent unsafe conditions before they develop, while the hand-held device also allows anyone to intervene in the operation of a machine from wherever they are. Unlike other emergency stop technologies, the HRI Wireless E-Stop utilizes two-way constant communications and extremely stringent monitoring of the wireless link on the machine side, as well as dual output emergency stop signals. The end result is a truly reliable wireless connection that’s always available to stop the machine if you need it. “The HRI Wireless E-Stop is an evolved, sophisticated tool that’s indispensable for the advanced operations we run,” said Daniel Lee, University of Pennsylvania Engineering Professor, and DARPA Challenge participant. Dan has been working with HRI for years as Director of Penn’s GRASP (General Robotics Automation, Sensing, Perception) Lab, and continued: “We were the first to purchase HRI’s wireless product and this E-Stop demonstrates emergency technology that has advanced right alongside the growth of robotics. As engineers get more bold in their designs, functions and capabilities, the Wireless E-Stop assures safety protocol at the same advanced levels.” While the use of the HRI Wireless E-Stop technology is mandatory for all DARPA Robotic Challenge finalists, DARPA has purposefully left it flexible on how the teams utilize it. Engineers can do anything from utilizing the hand-held stop device as a stand-alone element, to expertly integrating the emergency stop technology and software into their robots. “HRI is extremely proud to provide DARPA this technology for this prestigious competition,” said Samuel Reeves, Co-Founder and CEO, HRI. “Still, the need for quick stopping often arises. If and when that occurs, the contestants can be sure that when they hit our Wireless E-Stop button, their machine will stop.” More information on HRI, the HRI Wireless Emergency Stop and SafetySense® is available at Contacts Humanistic Robotics, Inc. Samuel Reeves, 267-535-2447 Connect …

New Product Announcement – Wireless E-Stop

Greetings from Humanistic Robotics, (HRI) a technology company focused on the safe wireless control of machines and robots. We’re reaching out to tell you about an exciting new product – a Wireless Emergency Stop, that lets you stop any machine remotely and immediately from wherever you are. Unlike fixed E-Stops, HRI’s Wireless E-Stop can go everywhere you go, and lets you intervene in dangerous or unproductive situations more immediately than you can with fixed E-Stops. It can be integrated easily into your existing fixed E-Stop architecture, is designed to meet ISO13849 Category 3 Performance Level D, and can be found on our website here: This product complements our existing Safe Remote Control System, a full-featured handheld wireless controller that offers awesome ergonomics and industry-leading safety. It got a great write-up in Equipment World recently. All HRI products include our SafetySense® communication protocol, which is designed to ensure that critical control messages – like emergency stop signals – always find their intended recipient. In addition to these stock products, HRI can also support co-design wireless programs, whether it’s embedded control electronics, wireless communication links, emergency stopping architectures, or some combination of the above to assist a customer-led design effort. Please let us know if you’d like more information, and we hope this finds you well. Connect with us on     Respectfully Yours, Brian Lamont Marketing Coordinator Humanistic Robotics, Inc. 111 South Independence Mall East Suite 1010 Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone: 267-515-5880 Email: