KVH Fiber Optic Gyro in Humanoid That Helped Deliver Torch to Winter Games

February 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST
KVH’s DSP-1760 FOG is part of the inner workings of the robot that participated in the torch relay to PyeongChang

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Feb. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- When a humanoid participated in the PyeongChang torch relay for the Winter Games, it was one more first for robotics, and one more instance of an inertial navigation product made by KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI), keeping a humanoid on track. KVH’s DSP-1760 fiber optic gyro (FOG) is part of the inner workings of Hubo, a humanoid developed by a team of scientists led by Jun-Ho Oh, professor of mechanical engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

Hubo is helping draw awareness to the ability of robots to take on various tasks, from the relatively simple act of participating in the torch relay to complex situations that would be life-threatening for a human being, such as firefighting and other emergency and disaster rescue efforts.

Robotics scientists look to KVH’s FOGs and FOG-based inertial measurement units (IMUs) to provide accurate, reliable inertial data to ensure that a humanoid – or any other robotic platform – can complete its intended tasks. Those tasks include driving a vehicle, using power tools, removing debris, and climbing over rubble, or up and down a ladder or stairs. For example, the 3-axis DSP-1760 located in Hubo’s torso area measures the orientation of the upper body and provides critical data used by the biped robot walking on various types of terrain.

A compact, affordable, precision FOG, the DSP-1760 is a high bandwidth, low-noise gyro providing superior bias instability and exceptional performance in demanding environments. The DSP-1760 is available in 1-, 2-, or 3-axis versions, either in packaged form or as unhoused, embeddable sensors. Building on the DSP-1760 FOG technology, KVH also produces inertial measurement units that integrate FOGs and accelerometers, resulting in high-performance inertial measurement and navigation solutions.

Dozens of other humanoids include KVH FOGs and FOG-based IMUs, a fact evident at the Robotics Challenge Finals held by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in Pomona, California, in December 2015. At that event, 14 of the 25 robot finalists included a KVH inertial measurement unit within their robotic platform. The gold-winning humanoid at that event? Hubo.

From optics, antenna, and sensor stabilization systems to mobile mapping solutions and autonomous cars, KVH FOGs and FOG-based IMUs are in use in an extremely wide variety of applications today – and ready for many yet-to-be-imagined uses tomorrow.

Note to Editors: For more information about KVH’s entire line of inertial navigation products, please visit KVH’s “Guiding Intelligent Systems” website, kvh.com/unmanned. High-resolution images of KVH products are available at the KVH Press Room Image Library.

About KVH Industries, Inc.

KVH Industries is a leading provider of mobile connectivity and inertial navigation systems and solutions. The company has designed, manufactured, and sold more than 200,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft, and is a leading provider of news, entertainment, and eLearning content for the maritime industry. KVH is also a premier manufacturer of high-performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial applications, having sold more than 20,000 TACNAV® systems and more than 100,000 fiber optic gyros. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

KVH and TACNAV are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc.

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KVH Industries, Inc.
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