Connecticut-based company, GuardBot has recently released their take on an autonomous broadcasting, reconnaissance, and security robot. What began as a bot aimed for use on Mars, is now a potential patrolling robot for the US military. Guardbot, also the name of the bot, is capable of tackling various terrains from sand, grass, mud, and snow to even water. In solid to slightly wet environments, it can achieve a top speed of 6 mph and can even climb hills up to 30 degrees in slope. In water, Guardbot can achieve a top speed of 4 mph, still perfect enough for guard duties.
Guardbots can be ordered in a range of sizes from 4 inches to 9 feet in diameter but the standard size is 2 feet. Inside the bot, a number of electronic controls are housed to achieve various tasks. These tasks are set by the client and anything from night vision to laser scanners can be installed. It also features live streaming, high definition cameras and a pendulum-stabilized electronics tray to keep everything oriented upright.
Although very different from our project, the goals of these two devices are the same. Both can be used for reconnaissance and security missions but can also be customized to meet other needs. Our project is capable of being used in tracking, exploratory, and guarding scenarios (in addition to our primary application of ISR). GuardBot can also be used to patrol parking lots and in emergencies where explosives or chemicals are present.
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