The Scarabs Rescue Robot Team

K. Bird, L. Bird, V. Griffin, T. Keenan, M. Randall, C. Sandoval, C. Wilken, and the Students of Van Nuys High School

The Scarabs Team robot (George) addresses the need for low-cost, field-ready USAR platforms. Designed and built by high school students and adult mentors on a limited budget, George is tracked, invertible and features rotating flipper arms that allow stair climbing. Omnidirectional wheels on the arm tips can lift the rear of the robot for easier manuvering on flat surfaces, or the front to angle the camera view upward. The Linux-based camera provides video to the operator PC, and passes serial commands from the PC to the robot. A 150 ft. umbilical supplies both 100BaseT Ethernet and 28VDC power. The goals of the Scarabs Team are: to build viable robots at minimal cost; to learn, to have fun (!); and to make a positive difference.

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