SCOUT Pro is a ready to use mobile robot platform designed for remote monitoring/patroling applications requiring object manipulation or other direct physical interaction with the robot's surroundings.
Co-Positioned Camera and Grips
An improvement provided with the current model SCOUT Pro is a wrist-mounted camera that greatly facilitates remote manipulation of objects. Optionally, you can choose to have cameras on both wrists, maximizing the robot's ability to survey its surroundings. With their position coincident to the robot's gripping digits, the cameras uniquely enable remote users to get an eye on whatever the robot is reaching toward.
Each of the robot's arms has five degrees of freedom, excluding the hinging DOF of the gripper joint. The lifting capacity of each gripper is 300 g while the chassis has a carrying capacity of 6 kg.
SCOUT Pro travels at a top speed of 75 cm/sec and has 6 infrared distance sensors and 3 ultrasonic rangefinders onboard, but also has a bumper equipped with shocks in case of an unavoidable collision. Two lamps on the front of the robot also provide near-field illumination.
As is standard on all our monitoring robotic systems, SCOUT Pro's Camera has an onboard speaker and microphone, both of which support two-way audio communication.
The SCOUT Pro package also includes a charging unit for Ni-MH battery system.
Packages & Configurations
SCOUT Pro functions by wireless connection to a notebook or desktop PC equipped two joystick controllers that separately control the robot and arm motion. Software modules enable a user to see/hear via the robot, and talk through the robot's onboard speaker. A camera mounted on the wrist of right arm to provides viewing from virtually any perspective.
With its integrated high bandwidth (11Mbps) WiFi 802.11 wireless module, the system can upload all sensor data (including encoder sensor readings) to a PC or server at rates in excess of 10Hz. Similarly, streaming audio and video (640x480, up to 30 fps) either for direct monitoring or for processing by high-level AI schemes is a snap. Commands and instructions sent to the SCOUT Pro via the same wireless link also pass at rates exceeding 10Hz, providing real-time control and access.
SCOUT Pro includes all WiRobot development software components (for MS Windows 2000 and up), enabling easy access to all data and information in a standard Microsoft Windows programming environment (e.g., MS VB and VC++). Under the approach of using a separate PC for high-level control, there are no longer onboard restrictions on a mobile systemís processing power, memory and storage. For users of non-Windows operating systems (e.g., Linux), Dr Robot will provide the raw communication protocol for direct integration with any other system/device.
Like Dr Robot's other advanced robot systems SCOUT Pro can be used to develop a specialized intelligent robotic assistant, security robot or simply use it as a platform for a variety of projects built around applications such as human-machine interaction, mobile system navigation, robot behavior, image processing, object recognition, voice recognition, teleoperation, remote sensing, map building and localization etc.
SCOUT Pro is fully integrated and each robot is fully assembled and tested prior to shipping so that it arrives ready for use.
Mechanical and Control Highlights:
Electronic System Highlights:
- Two 12V motors with over 300oz.-inch(22kg.cm) torque each
- 7 inch driving wheel
- Max speed of 0.75 m/sec
- 38.0 cm (15 in.) diameter
- min 30cm (12 in.) max 50 (20 in.)
- Weight: 7 kg
- Additional carrying payload: 6 kg
- Pre-programmed fine speed and position control achieved by an integrated PMS5005 module.
- Fully integrated WiFi (802.11g) system with dual serial communication channels (max of 912.6 Kbps per channel), supporting both UDP and TCP/IP protocol.
- Full color video and two-way audio capability. (640x480, 30fps)
- Battery: 2x 3800mAh with over 3 hours for nominal operation.
- Collision detection sensors include 3 sonar range sensors and 6 IR range sensors
- Additional sensors such as supplementary sonar sensors, temperature sensors, acceleration/tilting sensor, or customized sensors can be added.