Shimizu developed an unmanned exploration robot “Robo Scope” in alliance with Tohoku University and International Rescue System. The Robo Scope can advance into wreckage in a destroyed building. The exploration unit that is an about 70 mm in diameter and 10 m long hose has a camera on its top, and the operator can operate it by remote control outside the robot as if he operate a home video game machine.
The Robo Scope is lifted by a construction crane and put inside through an opening of a destroyed building. The exploration unit is covered by slanted cilia, and the self-contained vibration motor creates the propulsion force to the insertion direction. The demonstration experiment was conducted in a full-scale mockup that duplicates a destroyed building. The research team plans to add the position detecting function to the unit for better operability and durability, and put it into practical application in less than one year.
An unmanned exploration robot developed by Shimizu