Quince is a remote control mobile robot packed with sensors. It is designed to enter areas that humans really shouldn't be going to, like buildings after earthquakes and crippled nuclear reactors.
- Japan 🇯🇵
Did you know?
On 24 September 2011, Quince entered the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to help assess damage and radiation levels.
Quince, developed as part of Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) program, was developed by a team of researchers led by Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro from Tohoku University and Prof. Eiji Koyanagi from Chiba Institute of Technology, with support from the International Rescue System Institute. A tank-like ground robot, Quince is capable of driving over rubble and climbing stairs. It was deployed to assist emergency responders in the search for survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.
Capable of carrying a variety of sensor payloads. Able to climb steep slopes and stairs.
- 48 cm
- 110 cm
- 110 cm
- 45 kg
- 5.76 km/h
Six cameras, three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer, temperature and humidity sensor, air dust sampler, laser scanner.
- Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
- 6 (Tracks: 2 DoF; Angle of sub-tracks: 4 DoF)
On-board embedded PC and four motor controllers. External rugged PC for operator.
Gentoo Linux OS. Windows 7 on remote computer.
Four 14.8-V 88-Wh lithium-ion batteries, 2 to 3 hours of operation