Qubots: Mobile Robots inspired by Eusocial Ants

Highly customisble industry-grade mobile robots with general purpose automated drive unit along with mountable modules specialized for desired applications.

The Motivation

To this day, a significant proportion of labour-intensive industries face concerns regarding the need for high manual dexterity, which often results in various long term health issues additional to the risks of onsite injury. We as humans can excel in certain types of tasks, however, there are those repetitive and strenuous types that can and should be replaced wholly by robots if not partially.

The Challenge

Mobile robots would obviously appreciably enhance efficiency and efficacy, and they would also reduce the dangers associated with tasks such as working with heavy loads, surveying difficult terrains, or disaster relief operations. By letting robots do the "heavy lifting", human resources could be invested in intellectually stimulating environments. However, they just aren't yet accessible enough.

The design approaches understandably adopted have driven robots to be very good at one specific task deeming them capable of only that. Due to this nature, the industry has found meaningful business in only catering to the needs of the highly specialised applications that can be served at profitable scales.

Our Approach

Qubots, modular vehicular robots based on our proprietary U-MID Architecture are designed to be applicable in a variety of implementations. Comprised of a general-purpose Automated Drive Unit (ADU), and customisable mounting modules, we hope to make automation accessible to a range of sectors without high capital investment.

Further, these mobile robots behave as a testbed for our other projects including ERTS and AEV3.

Our Approach

Qubots, modular vehicular robots based on our proprietary U-MID Architecture, are designed to be applicable in a variety of implementations. Comprised of a general-purpose Automated Drive Unit (ADU), and customisable mounting modules, we hope to make automation accessible to a range of sectors without high capital investment.

Further, these mobile robots behave as a testbed for our other projects including ERTS and AEV3.

Designs & Developments

To start with, alongside the ADU, we have devised modules applicable in airports for Baggage Handling Systems (BHS). The same ADU is to be used with modules customised to function with varying types of BHS and their loading/unloading mechanisms.

The project has progressed into Qubotics, a separate off-shoot entity focused at taking our relevant aspirations forward. For more information, please visit: qubotics.io

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