Vortex's realistic simulations and fast prototyping of mobile robots helps reduce both the time and hardware required to develop your mobile robotics applications.
This allows you to focus on what really counts: more advanced results for your robotics projects.
With Vortex's contact dynamics, you can simulate not only the mechanical system, but also its interaction in the operating environment—including terrain, water, obstacles, vision systems, grasping, and more.
Perform tests that would otherwise be impractical or impossible in an analog test environment, such as evolutionary development, robotic surgery, or simulation within dangerous or hard-to-replicate environments, including mines, space, nuclear waste facilities, and natural disaster sites.
Vortex allows you to adjust to changes in design, test more options more rapidly, and simply arrive at better solutions.
A Complete Range of Capabilities
Design testing and mobility study
Engineering simulators for robot and equipment design; semi-autonomous and autonomous robots; autonomous motion and path planning (obstacle avoidance); controller design with software-in-the-loop (SIL), MATLAB, and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL)
Wheeled and tracked locomotion
Realistic wheeled and tracked robots based on engineering design parameters—incorporate modifiable track, tire, and terrain properties using common vehicle engineering data models, and deploy electric drives, multiple tracks, rigid or flexible tracks, articulated chassis, and a number of industry-standard tire-terrain models
Interactive environment modeling
Extensive land, marine, subsea, and planetary environment modeling—whether you’re simulating Mars, the ocean depths, or a battlefield, Vortex provides the virtual situational challenges for your robot: simulation of buoyancy and hydrodynamics; physically based visual conditions such as smoke, dust, and fog; simulation of bulk materials in motion like earth-moving, soil displacement, and compaction due to terrain interaction
Humanoid robots and robotic creatures
Simulation of mechanical systems; dynamics of walking, crawling, swimming, and other methods of locomotion; grasping simulation for humanoid hands and other specialized grippers
For robots and robotic or remotely operated vehicles (autonomous and tethered); training simulators integrated with control systems; training scenarios with interaction within simulated operating environments
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Vortex's ease of integration means you can get your research projects up and running quickly.
Easy integration with development tools such as Python and MATLAB®/Simulink® means you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you make changes in the simulation environment.
Robotic controllers developed within MATLAB can be run on both real and simulated robots with equivalent results, saving significant system-level development time and prototype expense.
You can integrate simulations from multiple domains, such as hydraulics and electrical models, to create a single system-level model.
Vortex can also integrate with complex hardware systems such as haptic devices, motion platforms, and interfaces to real machine and control systems.
Vortex's fully stocked C++ API covers an exceptionally wide range of simulation needs, features speedy integration with in-house 3D visual systems, and allows you to configure and extend Vortex for special applications.
It is also easy to deploy your applications built on Vortex to multiple platforms through our distributable libraries available on Windows®, Linux®, and Mac OS®.
Accuracy You Can Rely On
When your research is on the line, you need tools you can trust.
Vortex reduces both the time and effort required for test bed/simulation integration. That’s because Vortex plugs into MATLAB/Simulink out of the box, and integrates seamlessly with your technical infrastructure. You can run robotic controllers developed within MATLAB on both real and simulated robots with equivalent results, saving you significant time and resources.
Reduce the complexity of robotics systems engineering by simulating mechanical dynamics in a complete operating environment—meaning you can conduct systems-level testing and complete controls development.
Vortex meets the highest standards for technical validation, with a testing framework that allows performance to be consistently measured for purposes of regression testing, verification, and validation. Well-defined outputs allow comparison with mathematical models of behavior, data from field measurements, and project requirements.
Vortex also provides developers with an interactive test environment where mechanisms can be edited and tested before deployment in a larger simulation environment.