Pioneer Manipulator Research Platform

The Pioneer Manipulator is an integrated mobile manipulation robot based on Adept MobileRobots’ Pioneer LX research AIV (Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle).  Designed to last for years of continuous service and equipped with our proprietary mapping and autonomous navigation software, the Pioneer LX provides an excellent building block for a mobile manipulation platform.  Using laser and sonar sensors this robotic manipulation platform will map and navigate with unrivaled sophistication.

We’ve integrated our LX base with a pair of robotic manipulator arms from Kinova that are also aimed at research applications. These manipulators are mounted to a custom designed torso with two different mounting points to allow for a higher or lower overall reach depending on your needs.  At the top of the torso the Kinect for Windows V2 RGB-D Sensor is mounted on a pan / tilt stage allowing for continuous coverage of the workspace while the arms are mounted in either configuration.  A second computer with Intel i5 or i7 CPU provides additional computation power to use with the arms and Kinect. The manipulators are light, compact, and power efficient making them the perfect fit for integration into a mobile base.

Pioneer Manipulator is easily modified and customized. Any of the components (camera, PTU, arms, torso) can me removed and modified if desired.

The Pioneer Manipulator is a rugged, reliable, sophisticated robot that is purpose built for the research community and its needs. Designed to be extensively capable “out of the box” in a broad array of applications, the Pioneer Manipulator is sure to immediately enhance your new or existing program.

The Pioneer Manipulator is an all-purpose mobile robot development system, ideal for research and applications including: 

  • Mobile manipulation
  • Mapping and Localization
  • Mobile robot autonomous navigation and positioning
  • Sensor testing
  • Vision research

Features and Benefits

  • Reliable – The Pioneer Manipulator’s mobile base is designed for continuous duty and comes with a docking station that the robot will navigate to autonomously when charging is needed.  Typical run time between charging is 6-1/2 hours with all components in use.  The robot can also traverse things like power cords, elevator gaps, and ramp transitions that can be troublesome to other mobile robots.
  • Full suite of Adept MobileRobots’ mapping and navigation software – All Adept MobileRobots platforms include our Pioneer SDK, a complete set of programs and libraries that accelerate the development of robotics applications. The Pioneer SDK includes C++ libraries and partial interfaces for ROS, Python, Java, and MATLAB.  The Pioneer Manipulator also comes with our laser mapping and navigation software, ARNL, which will allow you to begin mapping and autonomous navigation as soon as your robot is powered up.  All our software is backed by our product support team.
  • Customizable – The Pioneer Manipulator is fully designed and fabricated by Adept MobileRobots.  If your application has a specific requirement that the standard configuration will not meet simply inquire with the sales team.  Adept MobileRobots has a wide variety of supported and tested accessories that can be integrated with the robotic platform for custom needs.  The robot is easily modified to add, remove or move components.


Weight 80 kg (176 lbs) Mobility Overview
Payload 35 kg (77 lbs) Maximum Speed 1.8 m/sec
Power Tire Composition Non-Marking Rubber
Battery 24VDC LiFeP04 Steering Differential
Capacity 60Ah Wheels 2 Drive Wheels
Run Time 6.5 hours (Continuous) 4 Casters
Recharge Time 3.5 hours (5:1 ratio) Swing Radius 323 mm (13.5 in)
Battery Life 7 years Turning Radius 0
(16 hrs/day, 5 days/wk) Traversable Gap 15 mm (0.6 in)
Charging Station Automatic or Manual Traversable Sill 15 mm (0.6 in)
Auxiliary Power 5, 12 VDC Manipulator Overview
Inputs / Outputs Payload 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) mid-range
USB 2.0 6 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) full extension
USB 3.0 2 Reach 90 cm (35.4 in)
Serial 2 Back Drivability When shutdown
VGA 1 Gear Type Harmonic Drive
Gear Ratio 1:136 (Large Actuators 1 and 3)
1:160 (Large Actuator 2)
1:110 (Small Actuators 4, 5, and 6)
Maximum Linear
Arm Speed 20 cm/s (8 in/s)

Platform Includes:

Vision Kinect for Windows V2 Processors
Pan / Tilt Stage Integrated On-Board Computer (Mobile Base) Intel D252 64-bit Dual Core
Manipulation Two Kinova Jaco2 Research 1.8 GHz Atom
Manipulators Integrated Graphics Processing
Torso Two different options for 2GB DDR3-1066 RAM
manipulator mounting points Available with Windows
Autonomous Navigation and Mapping Software or Linux OS
SICK S300 Laser Scanner 802.11 a/b/g Wireless
Joystick (used for Mapping, Re-location) Gigabit Ethernet (2x)
Front and Rear Sonar, Forward Bumper Panel 16 In / 16 Out Digital I/O
Wireless Ethernet Communication Second Computer (Accessory and Additional Processing) Intel 4th-gen i5 or i7 CPU
Color LED Status Indicator Rings 16-32GB DDR3 RAM
Docking station for Autonomous or Manual Charging Windows or Linux OS
Speakers & Voice Synthesis Software Gigabit Ethernet (2x)
Pioneer Software Development Kit USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Serial
PCIe and mini-PCIe slots
Intel HD4600 graphics with OpenGL, OpenCL and DirectX support

Optional Accessories:

Digital Pan / Tilt / Zoom Camera
Bumblebee  Stereo Camera
Configured Wireless Access Point
Configured Laptop

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