The patent-pending BEAR robot is Vecna Robotics’ flagship program. Designed to locate, lift and rescue people in harm’s way, the humanoid BEAR robot can do what humans can’t: lift heavy loads and carry them long distances. Whether on a battlefield, in a nuclear reactor core, near a toxic chemical spill, or inside a structurally-compromised building after an earthquake, the BEAR can rescue those in need without risking additional human life.

Applications:

  • Search & rescue
  • Logistics & heavy lifting
  • Hazardous materials handling
  • Surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Homeland Security
  • Mine inspection
  • Warehouse automation

The patent-pending BEAR is Vecna Robotics’™ flagship program. Designed to locate, lift and rescue people in harm’s way, the humanoid BEAR can do what humans can’t: lift heavy loads and carry them long distances. Whether on a battlefield, in a mine shaft, near a toxic chemical spill, or inside a structurally-compromised building after an earthquake, the BEAR can rescue those in need without risking additional human life.

The Vecna Robotics™ BEAR project has won key funding from the US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), a part of the US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC).

The BEAR’s™ technology is a marriage of three elements: A powerful upper body controlled by hydraulics; an agile mobility platform that features two independent sets of tracked “legs;” and dynamic balancing behavior. The robot is able to balance itself while on the balls of its “ankles.” In fact, the BEAR can remain upright whether balancing on its ankles, its knees, or even its hips.

The BEAR is currently in proof-of-concept development stage. A prototype of the BEAR has been built and outfitted with a powerful torso and arms, together with a dynamic balancing system on its unique tracked legs. Together, the robot prototype has been able to demonstrate standing while holding a fully-weighted human mannequin, and carrying the mannequin around in its arms while dynamically balanced in an upright position. The robot has also stood up from a kneeling position to look over walls, or to lift its payload onto a high shelf.

Testimonial

“Robotic extraction of combat casualties from under fire or from hostile or contaminated environments is the ‘holy grail’ of the TATRC mobile robotics program. The BEAR prototype is the most promising approach I have seen to safely extracting casualties from urban and wooded terrain or from other areas with numerous obstacles that would impede entrance by other vehicular or aerial robots. The versatility and flexibility of the BEAR that would enable it to do multiple combat support tasks — such as loading vehicles or carrying heavy equipment — make it more attractive than other robots that can only support a limited set of specialized tasks.”

Program Manager, US Army
Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC)



Source:
http://vecnarobotics.com/

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