SRI is developing Taurus, a potentially life-saving telemanipulation tool for military and domestic bomb squads to defuse vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). Following field trials, Taurus is being actively transitioned for commercial transfer. A regional bomb squad has been engaged to advise the SRI team about its application.
The remotely operated, 14x5-inch Taurus robot provides operators fine motor control in a compact frame. To intercept and defuse VBIEDs from a safe distance, the robot relays to a technician high-definition, 3D images, and also sends tactile feedback. The robot is easy to use and, according to IEEE Spectrum, it works so well that users forget they are working remotely.
The robot also has potential applications for safeguarding an older person at home. For example, it could serve as an extra set of eyes for remote operators, such as relatives or authorized entities, to attend to certain tasks, such as turning off the oven.
- Multifunctional cutters/graspers
- High-definition, stereoscopic camera with remote tilt, zoom, and focus
- 5-pound payload
- 42x33x33-inch workspace
- Modular and rugged design
- Compact 15-pound remote unit weight
- Vehicle entry porthole size of 14 x 5.2 inches
- Mounts to Andros F6-A or similar mobile explosive ordinance disposal platform used by domestic bomb squads