Velo Gripper Early Release

Willow Garage is considering making a limited number of Early Release Velo Grippers (http://www.willowgarage.com/velo2g) available for purchase for early research and development. We hope to have between 50 and 100 units available, sometime in the Fall of 2013. The Early Release grippers will be fully functional, intended to give users an early start in developing applications, and to explore the path to a possible future product. They will come as self-contained units, complete with kinematics (fingers), actuation and electronics.

We expect this limited build of early release prototypes to be depleted quickly; sign up below to get an advance notification when they become available, and the option to order one before the general public.

Expected specifications for the Velo Gripper:
* availability: 50 - 100 units
* timeline: expected in Fall 2013
* price: not yet set. Academic pricing expected in the $500 - $1,000 range.
* size: the Velo is designed for parallel grasping of objects between 0 and 135 mm, and for enveloping objects between 50 and 90 mm in diameter.
* force generation: ~10N contact force, able to lift 1Kg objects
* weight: not yet determined; expected at or below 350 g
* interface: not yet determined; expected RS485 serial

The image below shows the Velo Alpha Prototype that the Early Release units will be based on. We expect the fingers to be largely unchanged compared to the Alpha version below, while the actuation module will likely be redesigned into a more compact form.

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    Advance Notification

    If you are potentially interested and would like to get an early announcement when and if the Velo is available, add your email address below. Before opening the sale to the general public, we will offer the Velos to the people who have responded here. We expect this limited build of early release prototypes to be depleted quickly; by signing up here, you will get an advance notification and the option to order one before the general public. Note that signing up for the advance notification implies no commitment whatsoever.
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    Capabilities Survey

    The sections below are entirely optional; if you just want to sign up for advance notification, enter your email address above then scroll to the bottom of this page and click "Submit". However, if you choose to tell us a bit more about your preferences, it will increase the chance that the prototypes we ship match your needs. You can answer as many or as few of the questions as you'd like.

    Interface

    The Velo is expected to have an RS 485 serial interface.
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    Grip strength

    The Velo is expected to have a max grip strength of up to 10N, lifting 1 Kg objects.
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    Weight

    The Velo is expected to weigh around 350g.
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    Speed

    The Velo is expected to take approximately 2.5 seconds to close from a fully open position.
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    Power

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    Other Information

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