EASE is a small hovering robot designed for operating in close quarters where wireless and GPS signals are limited. Applications include surveillance, search and rescue, and infrastructure inspection.
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EASE stands for Extreme Access System for Entry.
To recover the robot after a mission, you can walk up to it while hovering and just grab it out of the air!
EASE's airframe is more similar to the exoskeleton of an insect than to a conventional aircraft.
EASE's tether doesn't get tangled or constrain the robot's movements. Think of how a spider spins its web: the silk never restricts the movement of the spider.
- Microfilament tether carries power and data between robot and base station. Virtually unlimited flying time. Ducted fan protects rotors.
- 40 cm | 16 in
- N/A cm | in
- 30 cm | 12 in
- 1.3 kg | 3 lb
- N/A km/h | mph
- High-definition video cameras (forward looking and down looking). Thermal infrared camera. Down-looking sonar. Down-looking infrared distance sensor. Upward looking infrared distance sensor. IMU.
- Two brushless DC motors. Four micro servos.
- Vehicle gets power via microfilament connected to base station, which is powered by batteries, vehicles, generators, or the electrical grid.
- On-board: ARM7 processor and microcontrollers. Base station: Linux dual core computer.
- Linux-based OS; proprietary control software; interoperable with open standards.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- Carbon fiber composites.
The EASE concept was originally conceived by CyPhy Works engineer Sam Johnson. The product architecture and EASE airframe design were developed by Jason Walker and the CyPhy team. CyPhy Works collaborated with Eric Johnson and the team at Georgia Institute of Technology to develop the control system and machine vision technology to enable indoor flight.
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