The Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at DLR in Munich deals with the best possible Integration of mechanics, electronics and computer science into "intelligent mechanisms" and Robots that can interact with their environment. For that it is crucial to have the "holistic" design optimization and 3D simulation of such systems and components before their hardware based production. The Institute optimizes the auto stereoscopic 3D visualization of models in the field of robotics. In several projects BS Contact Stereo from Bitmanagement was customized to the specific requirements in this high-tech field, so that stereoscopy is practically usable in the wide application fields of the normal Augmented Reality up to the medical engineering in connection with tracking.
In robotics, especially in the field of space, the central objective is the development of innovative robotic systems into future Robonauts, which can replace the Astronauts in the long run. The Institute has for example, already sent the first remote-controlled robot ROTEX into space in 1993 with the space shuttle COLUMBIA and in 1999 remotely programmed the first free-flying in space Japanese ETS-VII robot. In the field of aviation, not only the Institute focuses (partly, in close cooperation with the firms Airbus and Liebherr) on the design of flight controllers such as automatic landing, wind reduction, flutter suppression and increasing comfort, but also on the optimization of energy consumption. In the field of automotive engineering the focus is not only the dynamic analysis of vehicle components and complete systems (e.g. to Catapult and prevent tipping vehicles), but also the development of mechatronic components in "drive by wire" as a special technology. At the Hanover Trade Fair 2004 was the first opening of the highly prestigious HERMES Award which was awarded to the developers of the mechatronical DLR “Keilbremse” (innovative "brake by wire" concept).
In medical technology in 2003, the "DLR-Heart" was given the European Innovation Award for artificial organs. Already in 1995, the first fully automated Laparoscopic-(endoscope-) leadership in minimally invasive surgery was successful; the institute is now developing a minimally invasive surgical robotic system for the future on behalf of the medical technology industry (Part of the DLR website).
Used Viewer: BS Contact Stereo
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