Robots often are best at doing things that people don't want to do, are dangerous, or can't do at all. These "3 Ds" of robotics, dull, dirty, and dangerous, have inspired some of the world's most famous robots, including robots in roboworld™
Creating robots to explore and work in hostile environments is one of the highest goals of robotics designers. Searching and rescuing victims in a burning building, searching for and disposing of land mines, and inspecting nuclear reactors are good examples of hostile and dangerous environments that robots can enter.
For decades robots have explored distant locations that would be too dangerous or too far away for people to explore. From the Galileo probes exploring deep space and submersible robots exploring the depths of the ocean, robots have been traveling to distant placed for some time.
But what about more down-to-Earth jobs? The Solo robot developed by Pittsburgh's RedZone Robotics is designed to travel through and inspect medium-size water and sewer pipes, searching for any signs of damage or wear. On display in roboworld™, the Solo explores these unpleasant, and at times dangerous, environments, relaying video back to the surface.
The RedZone Solo robot is designed to inspect underground sewer pipes, a dirty and nearly impossible task for humans. An operator simply lowers the Solo down a manhole and the robot does its pipe inspection work and returns to the manhole when finished. The Solo robot features waterproof construction, a specially-designed traction system, high-resolution video cameras, wireless communication, an array of distance sensors, and a top speed of 40 feet per minute.