TitleThe Direct Drive Arm
PublisherThe Computer Museum
Place of PublicationBoston, MA
DescriptionA part of the The Computer Museum Slide Series Five: Robots
Text from Robot Slide Series insert -
"Early robot arms used chains or tendons to transmit power to joints from motors mounted in the base. The Direct Drive Arm had electric motors housed inside the joints themselves. This design eliminated friction and backlash, making the Direct Drive Arm's movements fast and accurate. This arm was the first direct-drive arm ever built. It served as a prototype for commercial robot arms. Developed by Takeo Kanade. The Computer Museum collection"