Archive for January 9th, 2007

Robot Scampers Along Power Lines

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

The theme of robots being useful for going where we have a hard time going continues with a robot project to inspect power lines. Robots are increasingly being used for inspection and search applications. We have already put them inside all kinds of tubes (oil lines, water lines, sewer lines, digestive tracks) so it makes sense that we can apply the same concept to the outside of wires. Now that’s thinking outside the tube!

The robot is designed to check for damage on 3 inch diameter main power distribution cables. It has three types of sensors for assessing the condition of the cable insulation. It uses heat sensors, an acoustic sensor to listen for arcing, and ‘fringing electric field’ sensors to find ‘water trees’ that have seeped into the defects in the insulation. The robot also has video to show where it is as it communicates wirelessly back to the control base.

Read the whole story over at Robot Gossip 

Hamster Driven Roomba

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

We know that this isn’t going to be a very original week of posts from us considering these are posts all over the internet. But we just aren’t doing our job if we aren’t posting about the robot stuff going on over at CES!

This robot project makes us think about the wasp which performs roach-brain-surgery to make zombie slave-roaches.

wasp slave

Roomba Video via Shiney Shiney