Tube-type active scope camera with high mobility and practical functionality

Hiroaki Namari, Kazuhito Wakana, Michihisa Ishikura, Masashi Konyo, Satoshi Tadokoro

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Abstract

An active scope camera (ASC) is a special type of videoscope for search and rescue operations; the ASC has a self-propelled mechanism with a ciliary vibration drive. From an analysis of the problems encountered with the conventional ASC during applications to practical disaster environments, we propose a new tube-type ASC with enhanced mobility and practical functionality for rescue activities. We designed a smart structure to mount vibration motors on a long tubular cable without any rigid projections. A suitable tubular cable material was also selected experimentally to propagate the vibration efficiently. We integrated several practical functions such as a head bending structure, an auditory communication system, and a gravity indicator for the head orientation. We conducted several fundamental performance experiments. Finally, the enhanced performance of the tube-type ASC for practical use was demonstrated at a training site for first responders.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2012
Pages3679-3686
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Event25th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems, IROS 2012 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 2012 Oct 72012 Oct 12

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Other

Other25th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems, IROS 2012
CountryPortugal
CityVilamoura, Algarve
Period12/10/712/10/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Namari, H., Wakana, K., Ishikura, M., Konyo, M., & Tadokoro, S. (2012). Tube-type active scope camera with high mobility and practical functionality. In 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2012 (pp. 3679-3686). [6386172] (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems). https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2012.6386172