For this year’s challenge, we propose the TeleBot 3D disaster robot. The robotisaspecialdesignfor search and rescue tasks in diverse and abnormal environments. Itcombinesa hybridof a caterpillar and wheel based mobile base with an advanced humanoid upperbody. It also gives an operator maximized situation awareness through a VR-based user-view interface containing a flexible and intuitive control interface.
For this challenge, we will be participating in the Social Standard Platform League (SSPL). In the SSPL there is a particular focus on making interactions with the robot feel natural and fluid. In order to remove hardware constraints, all competitors must use the SoftBank Pepper robot. As such, we are working on a HRI system to promote the goal of natural interaction while maintaining utility.