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Guardian S

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Guardian S is a versatile snake robot capable of traversing challenging terrain to inspect industrial facilities and hazardous environments. It can slither, roll over, and even slide its magnetized body straight up a metal door, sending data from its cameras and sensors back to a remote operator.

Creator
Sarcos Robotics
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2017
Type
Industrial, Disaster Response
Creator
Sarcos Robotics
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2017
Type
Industrial, Disaster Response

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Specs

FEATURES
Lightweight and easily hand-carried. Ruggedized, all-terrain design for indoor and outdoor operation. Able to traverse mud, gravel, water, unstructured terrain, and confined spaces previously considered inaccessible for inspection. Transmits two-way video, audio, and sensor data to remote operator. Customizable sensor packages, including infrared, gas, vibration, GPS, accelerometer, sound, HAZMAT, and EOD. Water protected and dust-proof (IP65 certified).
HEIGHT
13.2 cm | 5.2 in (default snake mode)
LENGTH
132 cm | 52 in
WIDTH
12 cm | 4.7 in
WEIGHT
7.7 kg | 17 lb
SPEED
2.2 km/h | 1.4 mph

SENSORS
Six 4k color cameras (front view, two side views, rear view, upward view, and forward-facing rear navigation) for 360-degree visual range. Built-in microphone, GPS, inertial measurement unit (IMU). Optional FLIR hi-res camera and other third-party sensors via payload platform with tripod mount adapter.
ACTUATORS
N/A
POWER
147-Wh 14.4-V lithium-ion battery. Up to 12 hours of surveillance time or a 3-mile travel range.
COMPUTING
USB2 I/O port, Wi-Fi, optional RF Module (multiple ISM bands: 915 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 4.9 GHz & 5.75 GHz LTE).
SOFTWARE
Custom OS and control software. Audio and video streams use 256-bit AES encryption.
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
N/A
MATERIALS
N/A
COST
$60,000 (Sarcos also offers a robot-as-service plan for a monthly fee.)
STATUS
Ongoing
WEBSITE
https://www.sarcos.com/

History

Sarcos, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, developed the Guardian S as a versatile, customizable platform for applications in the realms of industry and security. At its most basic, the robot simply sends back audio and video from the cameras on all sides of its head. But customers can outfit the snakebot with custom and third-party sensors such as gas or vibration detectors. As an agile surveillance tool, the Guardian S can inspect small, confined spaces in factories and industrial settings. It can also help with hazmat situations, search and rescue after a disaster, and assist bomb squads and SWAT teams. Sarcos has been in the robotics business since the 1990s, and was previously owned by military contractor Raytheon before going independent and rounding up investment from GE, Caterpillar, Microsoft, and others.