MRISAR's Simulator Robotic Search & Rescue Mobile Robot Exhibit
Larger and more complex versions of this exhibit can be ordered, but for general purpose shown here is a smaller version of this challenge at 20' x 13' with a few walls and openings. The challenge is that the robot must be maneuvered through the maze via telepresence controls and a video screen that shows what the robot sees, to search for a person in need of assistance and drag them into a safe zone in a specified time frame.
How it works; press the start button and a countdown timer starts up and begins to beep giving you only a short amount of time to complete the challenge. Use the controls and monitor to manipulate the telepresence mobile robot to find and drag the manikin into the safe zone that is indicated by a flashing blue light in the exhibit corner before the timer reaches zero. If the manikin is not in the safe zone when the timer stops, the exhibit makes the sound of an explosion. If the manikin is within the safe zone when the timer stops the exhibit congratulates you. Either way when the timer stops the exhibit resets itself for the next user.
The main educational focus of this exhibit is to illustrate how manipulators can extend human capabilities to accomplish tasks such as dangerous or hazardous missions, handling waste material and other applications. This exhibit conforms to STEM education.
The exhibit is designed to be visually stunning, educational and usable by virtually any age of museum visitor. This exhibit is view able from all sides and is framed in with clear unbreakable poly-carbonate, making it ideal for mid floor locations. The exhibit is configured as a demonstration to illustrate remote handling robotics. Different types of remote handling robots are used by industry, aerospace and commercial establishments to extend human capabilities in hazardous situations.
It comes as a complete exhibit including quality built electronic-electromechanical robot, fully enclosed exhibit case, support electronics, visual support materials, maintenance information and schedule, activity and control panel.
The wrist function consists of up and down movements and the hand has open and close movements. The wheeled base has clockwise, counterclockwise, forward and backward movements. The robot features a number of logical limits and slip clutches which allows it to stop moving when it lightly impacts an obstacle such as the wall. The slip clutches also prevent the robot from exerting excessive force. These features conserve battery resources, reduce wear on the robot's components and in general are part of the safety features. The robot is rechargeable over-night and will easily run for a full day of heavy use between recharging.
The purpose of the exhibit is to impart a number of educational principles in robotics in a fun and memorable way. These include, but are not limited to, sensors, limits, electromechanical systems and components. The Robot comes with chargers and a user manual with easy maintenance and setup instructions. As support for the educational aspects the exhibit is also supplied with a series of diagrams and illustrations showing how specific parts operate.