Gamers choose settings on interactive ride using Kuka KR 500 Robot


Kuka Robotics Corp. , a global manufacturer of industrial robots, signed a system partner agreement with Primal Rides of Ontario, Canada, to provide a new fully interactive amusement ride. Primal will build a robotic gaming ride around Kuka’s KR 500 robot. The new ride will be fully interactive, designed to match customer requirements in theme, intensity, and realism. It will make it possible to cost-effectively change themes to adjust to rider appeal. Primal Rides showed a scaled-down concept version of the ride on their booth (#4004) at the IAAPA Expo in Atlanta, GA, Nov. 15-18, 2006.

“This is the first fully interactive robotic gaming ride of its kind,” said Kevin Kozuszek, director of marketing for Kuka Robotics. “Primal Rides’ attractions are extremely creative and with our robot used as the ride’s building block their customers are limited only by their imagination.”

Alan Brown, president for Primal Rides, credited the advancement of exciting robotic rides to “Kuka’s cutting-edge robotic expertise coupled with our knowledge of intricate themed amusement attractions.”

Primal Rides specializes in fully-themed environments, which it creates and builds based on close consultation with its clients. The company specializes in system integration with in-house theme and scenic departments, and has foam and metal fabricating capabilities. The company’s expertise includes theme park rides, animatronics, props, and scenery.

The KR 500 robot is designed especially for high-speed tasks with heavy payloads. The robot is a six-axis robot with a 3,326 mm reach and capable of handling up to a 500 kg payload. The robot can throw a 2 g force, and the ride featuring the robot can be equipped with a variety of laser guns, targets, themes, and effects depending on the customer’s theme ideas. Amusement parks can quickly and cost-effectively change the ride’s theme and intensity by changing peripheral effects and robot programming without re-investing in new hardware. Such applications would need to include an easy-to-use human machine interface linking to a diversity of mix-and-match pre-programmed parameters governing the robot’s movements.

C.G. Masi , Control Engineering senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
Variable speed drives: Smooth, efficient, electrically quite motion control; Process control upgrades; Mobile intelligence; Product finalists: Vote now; Product Exclusives
Machine design tips: Pneumatic or electric; Software upgrades; Ethernet advantages; Additive manufacturing; Engineering Leaders; Product exclusives: PLC, HMI, IO
This article collection contains the 5 most referenced articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security