Tesla is best known as the inventor of AC alectric power, radio (before Marconi),induction motors and Tesla coils, and other electrical devices. Some of the other early robots(1940’s-1950’s) were Grey Walters Elsie the Tortoise, and john Hopkins Beast. Shakeywas a small unstable box on wheels that used memory and logical reasoning to solve problemsand navigate in its environment. It was developed by the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) inPalo Alto, California in the 1960s. The General Electric Walking Truck was a large (3000pounds) four legged robot that could walk up to four miles and hour.
The walking truck was thefirst legged vehicle with a computer-brain, developed by Ralph Moser at General Electric corp. in the 1960s. Joe Engleberger started the first robotics company called Unimation, and hasbeen called the father of robotics. Police now need certain types of robots for bomb-disposal and for bringing video camerasand microphones into dangerous areas, where a human policeman might get hurt or killed. Themilitary also uses robots for locating and destroying mines on land and in water, entering enemybases to gather information, and for spying on enemy troops.
Our robot which we call our Bomb Bo,t is a prototype that can be used for a policebomb squad to retrieve any suspicious object that may be considered a bomb. Our robot is just amodel of what can turn out to be a very use full and very cost effective tool to any police squad. The two basic machines that are at work in the robot are the wheel and axil (gears), andthe lever. The wheels are propelled by a simple gear ratio on a rubber band track. That turnes theworm gear to propel the wheels.
Both the right and left wheel each have their own motor. The robotic arm is a simple lever which is raised and lowered by a series of gears also. The arm raises the bomb to bring it to safety. The robot is just what the police force needs tocomplete its assault against bomb threats and bomb terrorism.