Controlling Kuka Industrial Robots : Flexible Communication Interface JOpenShowVar.
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Original versionIEEE robotics & automation magazine. 2015, 22 (4), 96-109. 10.1109/MRA.2015.2482839
JOpenShowVar is a Java open-source cross-platform communication interface to Kuka industrial robots. This novel interface allows for read-write use of the controlled manipulator variables and data structures. JOpenShowVar, which is compatible with all the Kuka industrial robots that use KUKA Robot Controller version 4 (KR C4) and KUKA Robot Controller version 2 (KR C2), runs as a client on a remote computer connected with the Kuka controller via TCP/IP. Even though only soft real-time applications can be implemented, JOpenShowVar opens up to a variety of possible applications, making the use of various input devices and sensors as well as the development of alternative control methods possible.