The inspection thread seeks to augment human ability in detailed inspection. The snake arm allows sensors to be deployed in hard to reach places – almost like key hole surgery. it carries cameras and laser to able us to recreate reconstructions of the shape of awkward and potentially dangerous places, but also characterise what is in them.
Many inspection tasks are too dangerous for humans to undertake – for example carrying out surveys in mines, nuclear plants or sites of a natural disaster. In our Inspection Flagship, we are working to enable robots to carry out these tasks, using a snake-arm robot to explore and survey complex and potentially hazardous structures.