The revolutionary design of this robotic platform with a load-carrying capacity around 8Kg, unrestricted movement in two dimensions, excellent traction plus other innovative features,
and priced under $4,000, makes it an exciting commercial proposition.
Listed below are some of the key elements of the design specification...
Four-wheel-drive – Good traction
Complete freedom to move unrestricted in two dimensions
Reasonable load-carrying capacity
Battery-life around two hours for normal workload
Remote control range up to a kilometer
Interchangeable XBee communication-modules to suit various requirements
Off-the-shelf controller, or one specifically designed for Crab-Bot
Compact design with low profile
Simple method of attachment for third-party add-on modules
Core electronics are Arduino based, and driven by popular open-source software
Easy maintenance and ready availability of replacement parts
Simple assembly – potential to sell to educational institutions in kit form
The following video shows the CRAB-BOT mechanism, and partially reveals many of the design techniques.
The video file is rather large, and if there are viewing problems, download the MP4 file and run on a local device.
We hope this helped in understanding the CRAB-BOT system, and appreciating that it is certainly not the trivial device that the bland exterior might suggest.