DEEP Robotics Co. has announced the official release of the Jueying X20 “robot dog” for hazard detection and emergency search and rescue. The company said it designed the quadruped system is designed for complex terrains including post-earthquake landscapes, the insides of vulnerable debris buildings, and traffic accidents in tunnels. The Jueying X20 is also intended to operate in toxic, hypoxia, and high-density smoke environments created by chemical pollution or disaster event.
Hangzhou, China-based DEEP Robotics said its core engineers have degrees from Zhejiang University, Harbin Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the University of Dortmund. Its intellectual property includes technologies related to quadruped robot locomotion and control. The company also conducts development, assembly, sales, and service.
Jueying X20 designed for endurance
Jueying X20 can go deep into high-risk, post-disaster areas where it can traverse over ruins, piles of rubble, stairwells, and other unstructured pathways both indoors and outdoors, said DEEP Robotics. The uncrewed system can also easily step over 20 cm (7.8-in.)-high obstacles and stairs and climb on 35-degree slope, it said.
With the ability to move freely in all directions and maneuver within a small contact area, the robot dog can reduce the occurrence of secondary accidents involving rescue personnel, the company claimed.
IP66 industrial-grade protection ensures that the Jueying X20 can complete detection tasks in weather conditions including heavy downpours, sand and dust storms, frigid temperatures, and hail, said DEEP Robotics. The legged robot's maximum payload of 85 kg (187.9 lb.) allows it to carry oxygen bottles and other supplies to disaster sites, facilitating assistance to stranded victims and rescuers.
In addition, the Jueying X20 integrates a wide range of application modules including a long-distance communication system, a bi-spectrum pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, gas-sensing equipment, an omnidirectional camera, and a pickup. The robot includes long-distance control and image transmission, heat-source tracking, real-time detection of harmful gases, and rescue calls, among other functions, DEEP Robotics said.
The Jueying X20 is also available with an optional rotating laser scanner, which can obtain high-precision point-cloud data from disaster and accident sites, providing robust information for post-disaster data analysis.
DEEP Robotics pursues application leadership
DEEP Robotics said its Jueying series of robots has found applications across a wide range of scenarios, including inspection of high-voltage power plants, surveying of dangerous terrains, and hazard detection.
The global market for search-and-rescue robots is worth $59.1 million and could experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of $18.2% between 2020 and 2030, according to Market Research Future. It cited the Jueying X20, initially released in China last year, as an example of a adaptable quadruped robot.