The ASR/Inuktun Extreme is the big sister of the Inkutun pipe crawling robots used most frequently at the 9/11 World Trade Center collapse. The Extremes are waterproof and easier to put in a backpack. Extremes have been used at the Midas Gold Mine Collapse and the Jacksonville Florida Berkman Plaza collapse. While waiting for the next disaster or exercise, the Extremes are used for disaster research through funding by the National Science Foundation (CNS-0923203,IIS-0905485).
The Extreme series loves tunnels and voids that are less than 2 feet in diameter and she uses a 100ft or 300ft “tail” or tether. Most robots used for building collapses are tethered to i) reduce the size and weight of the robot by eliminating the batteries, ii) ensure perfect communication through the rubble, and iii) to serve as belay line. She was originally used for research in tactical mobile robots for DARPA.
Extremes are polymorphic– they raise and lower their body and camera in order to look around much like a meerkat and also to turn and twist into get tight spaces like a ferret or a lemming.
CRASAR treats the Extremes like babies, in part because two of our remaining three are sick and in need of repairs. One Extreme was damaged beyond repair and is now on permanent loan to the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa for the Disasterville Exhibit. Please donate to CRASAR!
Assistant Zookeepers will learn about robots and get a sense of the size and weight by
- Gently handling the robot, taking care not to grab the “face” which will strips the motors.