The inspection and disposal of suspected bombs will soon be safer, and the risk to officers disarming explosives reduced, thanks to a Thai robotic innovation.
Several prototypes of the “explosive ordnance disposal man portable intelligent robot” were handed over to the Defence Technology Institute (DTI) on Friday during a Bangkok event showcasing defence innovations to mark the DTI’s 10th anniversary.
The prototypes were presented to DTI director-general Air Chief Marshal Preecha Pradabmook by Udomkiat Nontakaew, dean of the Faculty of Engineering at King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB).
They were developed from a rescue robot by a KMUTNB student team, which had won the First Place and the Best in Class Mobility awards from the World Robocup Rescue 2016 held in Leipzig, Germany, for real use in industry and country defence as per the Thailand 4.0 policy.
The “EOD Man Portable Intelligent Robot”, with parts made in Thailand, is 48 centimetres long, 43cm wide (including track wheels) and 20cm high. It can travel on flat ground at a top speed of 1 metre per second, climb a slope with a 45-degree angle and pull a 15-kilogram object.
Its wireless remote control radius is 150 metres and it is equipped for better object inspection with a front camera, a back camera and a high-angle camera as well as those attached to its “gripper” robotic arms, which can lift up to a 5kg weight. It can perform a task continuously at one hour before requiring recharging.
The robot is set to inspect a suspected bomb and then shoot a high-pressure water gun to dispose of the explosive.