Armar is a robot created to be a helper in industrial environments. Its humanoid form lets it use human tools like power drills and hammers. Earlier versions were home helpers that could clean tables and load the dishwasher.
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ARMAR stands for "Anthropomorphic Multi-Arm Robot."
Armar was developed at the Collaborative Research Center on Humanoid Robots, funded by the German Research Foundation. The project focuses on the design and implementation of versatile robots that are able to carry out tasks in human-centered environments, to learn from human observation and interact with humans in a natural way. The first ARMAR robot (ARMAR-1) was built in 2000. ARMAR-2, ARMAR-3a, and ARMAR-3b were presented in 2004, 2006, and 2007, respectively. The projects were led by Professors Rudiger Dillmann and Tamim Asfour at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology. A design for ARMAR-4, a two-legged, 63 DOF torque-controlled humanoid, was introduced in 2012. The latest member of the ARMAR family is ARMAR-6, a collaborative humanoid robot for industrial environments. It can operate tools like power drills, performing tasks on its own or providing assistance to humans.