TALON Military Robot
What task does the robot perform?What human function or task does this robot simulate?
It can be deployed in military, first responder and law enforcement applications, and can be reconfigured to conduct a range of missions, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) / HAZMAT, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), rescue, heavy lift, communications, security, reconnaissance and detection of mines, unexploded ordinance and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It also supports special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and military police (MP) operations. It simulates diffusing bombs and a variety of other weapons.
Where is the robot used? What is its work envelope (how many degrees of freedom or flexible joints does it have)?
Is the robotic end effector multi-functional? If so, what other tasks can it perform?
How is the robot taught to perform its task?
The 15kg OCU is 48.3cm long, 40.6cm wide and 22.9cm high, and uses digital / analogue line-of-sight (LOS) propagation to transmit / receive radio signals in a range between 500m to 800m. The data can also be transmitted or received using fibre optic communications within a range of 300m.
The robot can also be controlled by a laptop control unit (LCU) as well as a lightweight, wearable tactical robotic controller (TRC), which has a length of 28.57cm, width of 23.49cm, height of 6.35cm and weight of 5.44kg.http://www.army-technology.com/projects/talon-tracked-military-robot/
What sensors does the robot have and how does the robot use these sensors?
The robot can be configured with a number of sensors to detect gas, chemical, radiation and temperature in HAZMAT duties. It can also be fitted with a heavy-duty rotating shoulder, longer reach for heavy lift operations and a range of weapons for special weapons observation reconnaissance detection system (SWORDS) duties.
The robot can be additionally installed with GPS compass, two isolated firing circuits, RE12-12 disrupter mount, portable X-ray mount, recoilless PAN disrupter mount, shotgun mount, wire cutting tool, heavy-duty tracks and sprockets, and reusable shipping / storage containers.
The robot features fixed-focus infrared illuminated gripper-mounted camera, elbow and rear cameras, dimmable LED lights and a 26x optical-12x digital auto focus colour zoom camera (300:1). It can be optionally fitted with 200m camera (40:1), thermal colour or black and white cameras, MV-14 night vision, pan / tilt / mast and WARRVS / Fish Eye cameras.
The robot is provided with one-way audio transmission with an option for two-way audio transmission. It uses USB and Ethernet communication ports and two RS 232 serial ports for payload interface. It can also be mounted with high-gain antenna with an extended LOS range of 1,200m.
Name some advantages and disadvantages of using a robot to complete this task.
One disadvantage of using this robot is that they are expensive to create and maintain. It could also malfunction.