Robotino XT – A mobile learning system with the Handling Assistant

Evolution of Robotino® XT – A mobile learning system with the Handling Assistant
Robotino XT is based on the Robotino mobile learning robot, which has already been established at universities and vocational schools.

The system is being extended with the addition of a compact version of the Bionic Handling Assistant.

The mobile robot can not only manoeuvre in cramped spaces – with twelve degrees of freedom in all, Robotino® XT can move flexibly and can extend its adaptive gripper with high precision.




A proven learning system
Thanks to its modular nature, Robotino® has proven is worth as a learning system of Festo Didactic. All its technical components are not only immediately comprehensible; their integrated system behaviour can also be learned.

Interest young people in technology

The student integrates and applies a great deal of technology, for example electric drive engineering and kinematics, sensor and control technology, image processing and programming techniques. Technical fundamentals can thus be conveyed in an intriguing, vivid manner. As a mobile robot, Robotino® has a highly motivating effect on young people.

Yielding  gripper arm
The flexibility of the gripper arm allows direct human-machine contact. In the event of a collision with the human operator, the system immediately yields, but with no modification to its desired overall dynamic behaviour.

No danger from direct contact

The assistant does not constitute a hazard even if the electronics or the control system should fail, since its structurally inherent yielding capability then comes to the fore.

Lightweight construction with additive manufacturing technologies

The yielding nature of the system is defined by its design, by the material chosen – polyamide rather than metal – and by its control and regulation technology. Its inherently flexible structure is stiffened to a specific degree by the pneumatic control system, so that a predefined spatial movement can be performed.

Winner of the German Future Award

Together with Fraunhofer IPA, Festo was awarded the German Future Prize for the yielding behaviour of the Bionic Handling Assistant and the resulting risk-free humanmachine contact.


Robotino® – The learning system for extensive training content

  • Sensor technology
  • Drive technology
  • Motor control
  • Closed-loop control technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Programming (symbolic/C++)
  • Vision system
  • Behaviour and characteristic values of specimen components and functional units
  • Function testing, troubleshooting
  • Teamwork
  • Methods of information procurement and preparation
  • Standards, rules and regulations
  • Technical documentation
  • Measurement of electrical and non-electrical quantities, measurement chain
  • Transmission functions of controlled systems
  • Digital and analogue signal processing
  • Programming language, including graphical
  • Program simulation, troubleshooting, error analysis
  • Plant safety in respect of hardware and programming
  • Speed adjustment, position control -  controller parameter setting
  • Kinetics

Project tasks:

Incoming goods inspection and commissioning of the mobile robot system

  • Preparation of a safe test environment for operation of the mobile robot system
  • Selection of a suitable demo application
  • Configuration of a wireless LAN link to the PC
  • Analysis and scaling of sensor data using a virtual oscilloscope
  • Commissioning the camera system

Motor control

  • Analysis of the controlled system for motor control
  • Measurement and evaluation of various electrical quantities such as speed, motor currents, control parameters, etc.

Drive technology

  • Experiments with the omni-directional drive unit: Accessible vector calculus
  • Moving forward, back, sideways
  • Analysing rotational kinetics
  • Positioning

Sensor-guided contour control

  • Following marked paths guided by inductive sensors
  • Following a path using a vision system, i.e. segmenting extracting and evaluating images for motion control
  • Collision-avoiding contour control by means of nine distance sensors

Video Demo