Aerospace & Defense

Telemanipulation Tool for Military and Domestic Bomb Squads Could Save Lives

SRI International is developing Taurus, a potentially life-saving telemanipulation tool for military and domestic bomb squads to defuse vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). Following field trials, Taurus is being actively transitioned for commercial transfer. The remotely operated, 14x5-inch Taurus robot provides operators fine motor control in a compact frame. To intercept and defuse VBIEDs from a safe distance, the robot relays to a technician high-definition, 3D images, and also sends tactile feedback. Taurus has a stereoscopic camera with remote tilt, zoom, and focus. The robot also has potential applications for safeguarding an older or disabled person at home.