Project Successes

Over the years ADVANCED Motion Controls has been involved with hundreds of applications at universities and educational institutions. Some of the outstanding research and educational projects are featured here.


Université de Sherbrooke – Sherbrooke, Quebec

Some of the greatest heroes are those who step up in times of tragedy. In August of 2015, Didier Prince from the Université de Sherbrooke was surfing when the waves sent him tumbling violently through the water to the seabed, fracturing his fifth and sixth vertebrae on impact. This resulted in a spinal cord injury

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University of Colorado – Boulder, CO

As a species, we’ve made enormous strides in the last 61 years to explore the cosmic space we live in. Our space probes have obtained wonderful photos of many of the celestial bodies in our solar system. The list of bodies on which we’ve actually landed spacecrafts, however, is very short. There have been soft

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge

One man’s trash is another man’s future self-balancing skateboard. After stumbling upon a collection of aluminum scrap around the MIT shops and visualizing a skateboard that he could actually ride, Dane Kouttron began developing the Flying Nimbus. Named after a rideable cloud from the Japanese anime series Dragon Ball Z, the Flying Nimbus is a

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Rice University – Houston, TX

When done with the right tools, hands-on learning can be the best way to help students understand the given curriculum, especially in engineering fields. Since its development in 2006, the haptic paddle has become a staple element of Rice University’s Modeling Dynamic Systems course, taught by Dr. Marcia O’Malley. The haptic paddle is a simple,

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University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA

RHex is a biologically inspired hexapedal robot invented and first characterized at the dawn of the century as part of a large DARPA funded consortium. A variety of RHex platforms have been developed since that time, and our lab has been particularly active in developing new versions for studying biologically inspired locomotion, gait control, and

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Brussels Belgium

This multidisciplinary research project aims at the development and clinical testing of a step rehabilitation robot powered by compliant actuators. The ALTACRO project is a contribution to the synergy between robotics and rehabilitation. The primary goals are to improve the quality of step rehabilitation therapy both for patients and therapists and increasing the availability of

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University of Maryland – College Park, MD

Upgrade for the Positioning Leg of the RANGER robotic system. This robotic manipulator needs significantly higher currents, and uses DZCANTE-060L080 servo drives. Nicholas Limparis – Aerospace Engineering

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Stanford University – Stanford, CA

Research the use of haptic feedback in an automotive setting to provide road feel to the driver. In many newer cars that have electrical systems replacing mechanical linkages, the sense of road feel is reduced. This research will be replacing this road feel with tactile feedback at the steering wheel using the AMC servo drive

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University of Nebraska – Lincoln, NE

Competition is for students to design and build a teleoperated rover capable of traveling over different terrains and picking up various target objects. The rover uses 12 DZRALTE-020L080 digital servo drives. Joe Bartels, Shane Farritor, Tom Frederick – Mechanical & Materials Engineering

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Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is one of largest robotics programs ever conceived. We are developing an autonomous humanoid robot for disaster response scenarios. The legs are 12 degrees of freedom, using state-of-the-art custom designed actuators and BLDC motors. These motors will be controlled by a new system tagged “late motor processing” using custom electronics hardware.

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