Guardian S is a versatile snake robot capable of traversing challenging terrain to inspect industrial facilities and hazardous environments. It can slither, roll over, and even slide its magnetized body straight up a metal door, sending data from its cameras and sensors back to a remote operator.
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In addition to snakebots, Sarcos is also developing Iron Man-style exoskeletons.
Sarcos, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, developed the Guardian S as a versatile, customizable platform for applications in the realms of industry and security. At its most basic, the robot simply sends back audio and video from the cameras on all sides of its head. But customers can outfit the snakebot with custom and third-party sensors such as gas or vibration detectors. As an agile surveillance tool, the Guardian S can inspect small, confined spaces in factories and industrial settings. It can also help with hazmat situations, search and rescue after a disaster, and assist bomb squads and SWAT teams. 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.