We’ve gushed about the magnificent Guardian GT many times before, but there’s a member of the Guardian family going unrecognised. From Sarcos robotics, the Guardian robots have been developed with the safety of on-site workers and emergency services in mind. Where the GT requires the direct assistance of a technician, the Guardian S, is a more independent rover-style bot.
The Guardian S is actually older than its more imposing sibling, the Guardian GT. Initially unveiled in 2015, the Guardian S was designed for surveilling dangerous aspects of construction sites and disaster zones so that construction workers could get an idea of what needed maintenance without risk of harm. Whereas the Guardian GT has a greater mobility, being able to lift heavy objects and tweak hard to reach aspects of construction sites and danger zones.
"The Guardian S was designed for surveilling dangerous construction sites and disaster zones, whereas the Guardian GT is able to lift heavy objects."
The Guardian S model is compact and lightweight, weighing only 16lbs, meaning it can be picked up, packed away and moved with ease by people. Its lightness in weight means that it can lift itself with ease when climbing steps and ramps. This makes it perfect for getting in to hard to reach areas and reporting back to it’s operator.
This is an all terrain piece of tech, perfect for use on projects in cities or more rural areas.
Designed to be like a snake, the Guardian S - get it? - can quite literally slither up and down rocky or flat terrain with no problems!
With two small track powered components, the central aspect of this nimble little bot is reminiscent of soft robotics. Soft robotics are malleable types of robots which take inspiration from nature, observing how vertebra and organic life forms move. Soft robotics are slowly beginning to find a home in the construction industry.
"The Guardian S utilises soft robotics."
Equipped with multiple sensors, the Guardian S is capable of detecting and reporting on radiation, vibrations and gas. Not only this it can provide GPS and 3D mapping as well as 360 degree video, even in low light.