We are disruptive.

There have been no significant advances in robotic transmission technology in over 50 years.

It’s time for a Revolution in Motion


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How Do Athletes do it?

The M-DRIVE disruptive geared technology was developed on principles of kinesiology and kinematics, the study of the human and non-human body movement.

The innovative design simulates the motion of an athlete running,  the pads and linkages emulated hips, legs, knees, and feet of a mechanical runner.

Motion algorithms were created, modeled, and applied to the
M-DRIVE mechanism.

Be Different

New Patented Gear Drive

The brains behind the Motus M-DRIVE is Carlos Hoefken, the CTO, and the Founder of Motus Labs. As a former robot systems integrator, Carlos was frustrated with the cost and limitations of current gear technology. Carlos was determined to come up with a smarter solution. His determination led to many late nights, lots of tinkering, and five years of dedication, resulting in a unique, breakthrough precision transmission architecture that has over nine U.S. patents issued and other U.S. and international patents pending.


move different

M-Drive in Action

The M-DRIVE ‘legs and feet’ replaced the age-old brute-force gear teeth with low-friction mating surfaces that act like cleated shoes running on the inside of a cylinder that won’t slip under pressure.

A new method was applied to intelligently create and control the movement to maximize torque and minimize slippage and flexing. Later, a CAM follower design and software tools were created to produce a perfectly optimized motion.

  • Dramatic increase in contact area and efficiency
  • Mating blocks can be made with lightweight materials
  • More torque for given weight
  • Lower weight for given torque
  • Greater rigidity, stable control over the robot

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Just Imagine

We know the M-DRIVE can significantly impact the robotic industry due to the innovative design and all-around better efficiencies. Just imagine if the overall solution cost of building a robot could be cut up to 50%, yet it had a smaller footprint, run faster, more precise, and lighter. Various industries would have the ability to use robots in more applications and bring them to market faster and cheaper.

Communications & Imaging

  • 5G Networks
  • Satellite Tracking & Communications
  • Telescopes
  • Cinematography/Remote Control Heads/Slider motor


Automation/Motion Control

Motus M-DRIVE compact size and rigid long term reliability/long life provide key advantages in some of these verticals.

  • Servo Gearheads
  • Pick & Place Systems
  • Food & Beverage
  • Printing/Packaging
  • Textile & Paper
  • Machine Tools
  • Laser Welding/Fabrication


Agricultural robots automate slow, repetitive and dull tasks for farmers including:

  • Harvesting and picking
  • Weed control
  • Autonomous mowing, pruning, seeding, spraying and thinning
  • Sorting and packing


Medical Robots have diverse applications including:

  • X-Ray & Radiation Tables
  • MRI/PET Machines
  • Surgical robots
  • Telepresence robots for remote caregiving
  • Disinfectant robots
  • Blood-drawing/Medication delivery robots

Aerospace & Defense

Defense Robots are deployed by the military in combat scenarios. These robots enhance a soldier’s or sailor’s existing capabilities while keeping them out of harm’s way.

  • Satellites
  • UAVs
  • Antenna Positioning
  • Automated Weapons Targeting


Construction Robots have many uses:

  • 3D printing of large structures
  • Bricklaying
  • Dual-arm heavy equipment for disaster relief
  • Climbing robots for inspection and construction.
  • Demolition


Motus M-DRIVES precision gears offer zero-backlash and a lightweight compact design. Our M-DRIVE provides an alternative gear solution to robotic suppliers and manufacturers for Industrial Robots, Collaborative Robots, SCARA Robots, Service Robots, Gantry Robots, and Exoskeleton Systems.

Pick & Place

Logistics | Pick & Place Robots are the fastest growing service robot segment. There are multiple applications including:

  • Container loading/unloading
  • Stationary piece picking
  • Custom packaging


Inspection Robots are equipped with cameras and are made to inspect tight spaces. They go everywhere you can’t (or won’t) go: into attics, under houses, inside ducts, down sewers and through culverts and pipes.

Kudos from Companies

Ready for the Revolution in Motion

Motus Labs technology will change the face of the global robotics market.

Manager Top-10 Industrial Robot Designer

The M-DRIVE is a core technology in our high-precision, high performance, haptic robot. Positioned as the first personal robot, it gives arms and legs to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Robot Designer Service Robot Company

Mind-blowing invention, a generational architecture that will be essential for decades.

Highly Regarded Gear Engineer Service Robot Company

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