7/21/2004 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), announced that its VxWorks® General Purpose Platform is the device software foundation for the latest innovation in the amusement business, the ROBOCOASTER. Developed by KUKA Robotics, one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial robots, the ROBOCOASTER is the first passenger robot to combine almost complete freedom of motion with the high dynamics of an industrial robot. With Wind River's industry leading device software at its core, the ROBOCOASTER features built-in, real-time acceleration and torque monitoring to ensure safe and reliable operation, even during extreme movements.
By leveraging Wind River's VxWorks General Purpose Platform, running on a standard, commercial PC, KUKA developed a cost-effective, efficient robot controller. This controller is deployed in more than 35,000 industrial robotic units worldwide. KUKA's ROBOCOASTER units are currently being installed in amusement parks in both the United States and Legoland, Germany.
"Our industrial robots continue to prove themselves in markets where safety and reliability are paramount," said Martin Kuhnen, global general industry specialist, KUKA Roboter. "Wind River's device software plays a critical role in keeping our customers safe and our system performing at peak levels."
The ROBOCOASTER includes a PC-based control to enable a high degree of flexibility. The double passenger robotic arm is made of high-quality aluminium and stands some 22 feet tall by 37 feet wide. The ROBOCOASTER features programmable ride sequences and durations and can be constructed in a variety of combinations to meet customer requirements.
"The ROBOCOASTER is the latest example of Wind River technology helping drive innovation within the industrial market," said Michel Genard, vice president, platforms marketing for Wind River. "By providing a reliable system that can monitor performance in real-time, we have been an integral part of the creation of the first viable robotic entertainment platform."
For photos and to see the ROBOCOASTER in action, please visit: www.kuka-roboter.de/robocoaster/english/galerie.html
About Wind River
Wind River is the market leader in device software optimization. Wind River enables companies to develop and run software faster, better, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River Platforms tightly integrate a rich set of market-leading operating systems, development tools and middleware with services to provide a complete foundation that meets the specific requirements of a vertical market. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defense, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Companies from around the world turn to Wind River to create the most reliable products and to accelerate their time to market.
Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com or call Wind River at 800-872-4977.
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