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Guardian GT

A human operator on the left wears googles and an exoskeleton system that allows him to move a large industrial robot's 7 foot long arm, which is attached to a wheeled mobile tank-like base. Sparks are flying off the end of the arm as the robot works, a safe distance from the human.
The Guardian GT does the dangerous work for you. Photo: Sarcos Robotics

Guardian GT is a large-scale industrial exoskeleton that provides both dexterity and strength, allowing an operator to lift and move heavy objects with little effort.

Creator

Sarcos

Year
2017
Country
United States 🇺🇸
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Overview of Guardian GT and other Sarcos systems. Video: Sarcos Robotics

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Guardian GT's arms can use off-the-shelf power tools.

A complex looking 7-foot long robotic arm ending in a dextrous gripper.
This robot gives you superhuman strength. Photo: Sarcos Robotics

History

Sarcos Technology & Robotics Corporation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been developing powered exoskeletons and the robotic technologies that make them possible for decades. In 2017, Sarcos unveiled the Guardian GT, a remote controlled force-multiplying robot. The company says the Guardian GT is unique in its ability to combine both strength and dexterity. It's able to lift 1,000 pounds but also operate an off-the-shelf power drill. It can be used to dismantle and clear debris, perform search-and-rescue missions, contain and transport hazardous waste, and repair damaged structures. Sarcos has been in the robotics business since the 1990s, and was previously owned by military contractor Raytheon before going independent and rounding up investment from GE, Caterpillar, Microsoft, and others.

Two complex, 7-foot long robotic arms are mounted onto a tank-like mobile base.
Two highly dexterous arms mounted on a track base. Photo: Sarcos Robotics

Specs

Overview

2.1-meter-long (7 ft) arms. Capable of lifting or manipulating payloads up to 454 kg (1,000 lbs). Mounted on a track or wheeled mobile base that can be powered by batteries, diesel, or natural gas. Operator controls the robotic arm motions via force-reflective controls. (Dimensions refer to modified Ditch Witch SK850 track base. Total system weight including base and two arms.)

Status

Ongoing

Year

2017

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Width
106.5 cm
Height
145 cm
Length
219 cm
Weight
2086 kg
Speed
6.4 km/h
Actuators

Hydraulically powered via onboard, self-contained, 3000 psi hydraulic power supply 10 HP (7.5 kW).

Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
14 (Arms: 7 DoF x 2)
Power

Battery, diesel, or propane, with 7 hours of operation.