We have been tasked to design a new type of autonomous robot called the Ground-based Unmanned Go-between for Humanitarian Operations that can assist with cargo transport as well as offer humanitarian aid in times of crisis.
With nearly sixty submissions, this was by far the most difficult Challenge that we have ever had to judge. The range of concepts were extremely broad but each had their own strengths which made choosing a winner incredibly difficult.
Entries were judged on how well they could meet the required tasks, how well they could transport different cargo, ease of operation, friendliness, and how innovative they were. While many of the submissions could complete the task, there were a few that really stood out.
So join us in congratulating @saintarnab for taking First Prize again with his entry ADAR and to @jonashub, @Melo_Daniel, and @gbodesign for their entry the ResCUBE and all of the recipients of the Judges’ Favorites awards.
Great job everyone and Thank you for all of your hard work and effort.
1st Place: ADAR
About the concept: ADAR (Adaptive Disaster Aid Rover) combines two of the most useful features in robotics, the ability to walk and to use wheels to drive around. These two features make it capable of travelling anywhere in the most adverse conditions from walking over obstacles to driving long distances.
Why it was chosen: The ADAR was definitely a favorite, with a friendly and modern design, light weight materials and a modular cargo system that carrying clearly labeled supplies. Its ability to remove the cargo module for transporting casualties and its use of LED screens to communicate emotions or messages pushed the ADAR over the line into a winning spot.2nd Place: ResCUBE
By: jonashub, Melo_Daniel, and gbodesign
The ResCUBE was developed (by a team!) to perform as a compact automated rover to support search and rescue operations. Just like its shape and name, ResCUBE offers a simple construction, but with several varying functionalities with the goal of enabling its utilization for both untrained military personnel or civilians.
Why it was chosen:
The ResCUBE was chosen primarily for its functionality. It is very clearly designed for relief work and it is apparent in every way. The clear markings make it unalarming, and its use of universal iconography provide easy access to the many different types of cargo that it can hold at a time. For relief work, the ResCUBE can do it all.
The Judges’ Favorite category awards designs that stand out for a novel approach or features
The Chariot is one the few truly friendly designs that were submitted. Incorporating a movable camera and face into it, he created a robot that you would be happy to receive help from. The Chariot is flexible in its movement and versatile in its uses by not only attaching things like a stretcher, but showing clearly how it gets used in the field.
@Lulu did a fantastic job on his open topped design, the RESKU. He excelled at taking into account how disaster victims might use it by clearly marking it with a red cross, integrating a built in speaker for communication, and an attached remote for leader / follower operation. The shape, color and design features like the knobs provide an intuitive design for transporting injured people.
The HOPE was very unique in its approach to carrying cargo. @stefan_gales did a great job creating a design that uses a basket style for carrying standardized cargo, but expands to hold cargo of different shapes and can even carry passengers.
The Dogmatix-EB24 has a low profile in a small package but with a swappable cargo container, it could be modified for many different uses. It was the compact, watertight package and wheel design that really helped it stand apart in judging.
The Wall-3 is without a doubt the most future-forward of the designs that were submitted. Almost bug-like in appearance, it encloses the cargo in a standardized capsule with an expandable rear section for larger loads. It’s sleek and shiny and would look great moving alongside marines, or along the sidewalk.
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