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Technology Factsheet

Crawler Modules

Category: Robotics > Characterization and Inspection > Wheeled/Tracked System
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Result of the HiBot-Topy project. A novel concept of crawler robot, combining for the first time compact dimensions, ultra light weight and mobility to overcome high obstacles. Being easily operated by wireless LAN, it is an ideal platform for research and delicate operations

This HiBot-Topy project is a collaboration between HiBot Corp., a spin-off from Hirose and Fukushima Lab of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Topy Industries, Ltd. Hirose and Fukushima Lab. is well known for the research and development of rescue and mobile robots, while Topy Industries has acquired a great deal of knowledge over the years with the manufacture of virtually every sort of crawlers for construction machines.

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Five Key Features:
1. They are the first crawler robot modules in Japan, combining compact, ultra-lightweight design and high mobility.
2. Their high-traction rollers - able to climb steps of up to 1.3 times the crawler radius - redefine the limits of crawler climbing capabilities.
3. They support easy-to-use wireless LAN-based remote control as well as wired remote control.
4. They come in four different types - small, large, extra large, and flipper - and can also be made to order.
5. They can be outfitted with a full range of options to suit your development needs.

Supporting National Projects: This is the IRS Soryu, a rescue robot developed as part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's "Special Large City Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Project." It is being researched jointly with Dr. Shigeo Hirose of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the International Rescue System Institute. The goal of the Soryu development project is to create a practical robot that can work with fire rescue teams in disaster areas. It is also part of the "Strategic Advanced Robot Element Technology Development Project" at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), supporting the development of crawler robots.

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