The Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics of the University of Massachusetts has developed a small and lightweight robot called uBot-5. It is intended as a research platform for mobile manipulation and is designed to be economical yet highly capable, durable and safe to use.
Equipped with a LCD touch screen monitor and a webcam, this wheeled robot is ideal for social telepresence applications and also can be maximized for activities that are more useful.
Its developer created this robot to operate in human-centric environments. It shows capabilities like lifting or picking up, pushing and throwing objects. Additionally, this dynamically stable wheeled robot has evolved from a heat-seeking robot to a very skilful and stable mobile manipulator robot.
With its wheels, this robot is very well suited to places where high centre-of-mass and small footprint are required. Thanks to a design that acts like an inverted pendulum, stability is not an issue for the uBot-5. Despite the technologies that this robot possesses, it has only 11 Degrees of Freedom.