Hstar's mission is to create and deploy intelligent mobile robotic assistants that safely enhance productivity in the fields of healthcare and materials handling.
Founded in 2007 by leading MIT roboticists, Hstar Technologies Corporation pursues groundbreaking robotics research and development with the support of private investors and more than $8 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Hstar develops industry-leading robots to enhance automation quality in warehouse, healthcare and research settings, making improvements in the areas of automation intelligence, safety, flexibility and human productivity.
Hstar's team is comprised of innovative, highly trained robotics engineers with more than thirty years of collective robotics development experience, including work with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) Laboratory, development of telerobotic surgery and artificial limb / biomimetic robot technology, and autonomous robotic systems.
Our team has successfully completed a range of technology development programs including the following:
- Advanced Medical Robotic System (U.S. Army)
- An Integrated Rehabilitation Robotic System (U.S. Army)
- Robotic Noninvasive Neck/ Spinal Injury Assessment Devices (U.S. Army)
- A Smart Affective VE Rehabilitation System for TBI (U.S. Army)
- Dexterous Manipulation for Non-Line-of-Sight Articulated Manipulators (U.S. Army)
- Multi-purpose CODEC with Telesurgery Capability
- An Advanced Intelligent Robotic Pallet System for Cargo-Handling and Aircraft-Loading Efficiency (U.S. Air Force)
- High-Strength Dexterous Bi-manual mobile Manipulator system (U.S. Army)
- Rehabilitative Technologies that Monitor Metabolic Demands of Prosthetics (U.S. Army)
- Robotic Avatar Interactive Console (U.S. Army)
- Regional anesthesia simulator (U.S. Army)
- Untethered haptics-optional surgical training system (U.S. Army)
- Telerobotic Surgical System (U.S. Army)
In 2014, Hstar started commercialization process of its flagship project, Robotic Nursing Assistant, aiming to free caregivers from back injuries with a unique patient handling device.
Hstar pursues ground-breaking robotics research and development. Hstar's success in attracting initial concept grants - five of the Phase I SBIR grants have been extended through Phase II - demonstrates the success we have had in the healthcare, industrial, and military communities.
Hstar has assembled a highly talented team of engineers and scientists who specialize in the core competencies crucial to the creation of highly functional, and user-friendly robotic systems:
- High mobility robotic system development
- Autonomous & intelligent robot navigational controls
- Haptic feedback (human-like sensing of force, weight and balance)
- High performance adaptive compliant actuators for safe, efficient, dexterous manipulation
- Heavy payload bi-manual actuation
- Software and medical systems integration
- Telepresence systems
- Ergonomic Human / robot interface and interaction
- Sensory Perception for manipulation, navigation, and surveillance
- Holonomic mobile platform development
- Mecanum wheel development