Pioneer Manipulator Research Platform

Pioneer Manipulator Research Platform

Pioneer Manipulator Research Platform


The Pioneer Manipulator is an integrated mobile manipulation robot based on Adept MobileRobots’ Pioneer LX research AIV (Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle).

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.

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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. With plug and play functionality and a free SDK to get your projects moving right away these arms are also a perfect fit for your robotics research application needs. 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.


  • Weight: 80 kg (176 lbs)
  • Payload: 35 kg (77 lbs)
  • Power
    • Battery: 24VDC LiFeP04
    • Capacity: 60Ah
    • Run Time: 6.5 hours (Continuous)
    • Recharge Time: 3.5 hours (5:1 ratio)
    • Battery Life: 7 years (16 hrs/day, 5 days/wk)
    • Charging Station: Automatic or Manual
    • Auxiliary Power: 5, 12 VDC
  • Inputs / Outputs
    • USB 2.0: 6
    • USB 3.0: 2
    • Serial: 2
    • VGA: 1
  • Mobility Overview
    • Maximum Speed: 1.8m/sec
    • Tire Composition: Non-Marking Rubber
    • Steering: Differential
    • Wheels: 2 Drive Wheels, 4 Casters
    • Swing Radius: 323 mm (13.5 in)
    • Turning Radius: 0
    • Traversable Gap: 15 mm (0.6 in)
    • Traversable Sill: 15 mm (0.6 in)
  • Manipulator Overview
    • Payload: 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) mid-range, 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) full extension
    • Reach: 90 cm (35.4 in)
    • Back Drivability: When shutdown
    • 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
    • Pan / Tilt Stage
  • Manipulation
    • Two Kinova Jaco2 Research
    • Manipulators
  • Torso
    • Two different options for manipulator mounting points
  • Processors
    • Integrated On-Board Computer (Mobile Base): Intel D252 64-bit Dual Core 1.8 GHz Atom, Integrated Graphics Processing, 2GB DDR3-1066 RAM, Available with Windows or Linux OS, 802.11 a/b/g Wireless, Gigabit Ethernet (2x), 16 In / 16 Out Digital I/O
    • Second Computer (Accessory and Additional Processing): Intel 4th-gen i5 or i7 CPU, 16-32GB DDR3 RAM, Windows or Linux OS, Gigabit Ethernet (2x), USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Serial, PCIe and mini-PCIe slots, Intel HD4600 graphics with OpenGL, OpenCL and DirectX support
  • Autonomous Navigation and Mapping Software
  • SICK S300 Laser Scanner
  • Joystick (used for Mapping, Re-location)
  • Front and Rear Sonar, Forward Bumper Panel
  • Wireless Ethernet Communication
  • Color LED Status Indicator Rings
  • Docking station for Autonomous or Manual Charging
  • Speakers & Voice Synthesis Software
  • Pioneer Software Development Kit

Optional Accessories:

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