Barrett Technology Inc
Business Identifier: Advanced Robotic manipulators
Public Profile:
Barrett Technology Inc, formally known as Barrett Communciations Inc, is a spin-off from the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and responsible for the design, manufacturing, and sale of robots that are intended to work closely with people. In the special Millennium Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, Barrett Technology is credited as the creator of the world’s “most advanced robotic arm”. The firm has developed a 7-axis robotic arm, named the WAM Arm, for Whole Arm Manipulation, is based on Puck Electronics and mechanical drive technologies and designed to interact directly with people. One application of an early version of the technology has been the arm manufactured and sold by MAKO Surgical to enable haptically guided, minimally invasive knee surgery. Another product developed by the firm, the BarrettHand, is a multi-fingered programmable grasper that is dexterous enough to secure target objects of different sizes, shapes, and orientations. The product has a low weight (980 grams), compact base (25mm) and is totally self-contained. Using industry-standard serial communications allows integration with any arm to be fast and simple. The company is also the parent of a high-tech unit involved in factory automation. Barrett Technology has pioneered core technology relating to the flexibility in articulated arms and hands. Today, Barrett is the leader in advanced robotic manipulators, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for its advanced manipulator technology. Barrett realigned its mission and corporate structure to improve responsiveness towards industrial and commercial applications that can benefit from versatile and people-compatible robotic manipulators. Barrett’s WAM arm and BarrettHand products can be found operating in 18 countries and 6 continents around the globe today.

 Synopsis: Awardee Business Condition
Year Founded IP Holdings
Employee Range VC funded?
Revenue Range Private/Public
 Most Recent SBIR Projects
Year Phase Agency Dollars Project Title
A Resilient and Underactuated Robotic Hand Capable of Both Power and Precision Grasping
Force-Controlled Robotic Arm Capable of Sub-Millimeter Precision
Agile Humanoid Healthcare Robot with Puck-Based Power Regeneration
Low-Cost Ultra-Efficient 50-gm, 300-W Servoelectronics Module with Integral Sensors
Methodology for Applying Haptic Robotics to Agile Manufacturing