My name is Jason Sylvestre and my co-engineer is Ben Lenginton. We are two 17 year old engineers with a project that has the potential to save many lives and would be a very beneficial tool to rescue teams such as firefighters, law enforcement, etc.
What's your project about?
The main focus of this project is to create a remotely operated robot that can navigate a dangerous situation such as a natural disaster or a fire, locate that person in need of rescue, provide them with nourishment & fluids, and then extract them from that situation without any direct human aid. This is what differentiates this robot from other robots currently on the market. Those robots can simply locate, but you still have to put a rescuer at risk in order to extract that person from the dangerous situation. The elegant solution is to create a robot that can locate and extract, which is what we have designed here.
Credentials? How Can I trust you?
I built the first iteration of this project last year without funding or additional help and entered it into my local science and engineering fair. I ended up advancing to state and then eventually to the International competition called I-SWEEEP where I received a silver medal out 600 students from 68 different countries.
If you are interested more about the first iteration, check out the powerpoint I made for my presentation. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1r91IPA8cocDVKYym-q3FG1u2_KiMBMK7AcrccRV5G8U/edit?usp=sharing
I did not just want to stop there because I felt there was much more potential with this project so we began designing VoltX 2.0. We are very excited about this new model. The whole design has been revised with many additions, but is based off iteration 1. We have created a complete model of the frame in Solidworks and schematics & PCB layout in Express. I learned my lesson with the first iteration that it's better to have everything planned out initially than having to run into it later. Everything is laid out in CAD so there are no surprises.
So what's so special about this design?
Victim Extraction System (VES) can extract people with shoulder widths ranging from 10-18 inches
Proprietary track and suspension system offer great mobility over the toughest of terrains
Live HD video and audio feed anywhere with celluar coverage
360 degrees of vision
Capable of pulling a payload of approximately 200 lbs
Rugged steel frame (welded)
20 watts of illumination
Controlled by Xbox 360 controller
Fully waterproof design
A U.S defense contractor called Alliant Tech Systems (ATK) saw the potential in this project and offered support. All of the designs have been verified by professional engineers and they have offered to partially fund the robot itself.
Why do you need my help then?
So why we need your help is for the purchase of precision machinery and the rest of the robot. We would like VoltX 2.0 to be 'implement ready' meaning once it's completed, it could be utilized in live rescue situations. Three pieces of equipment are essential to this project: a drill press, horizontal metal cutting band saw, and a set of cobalt drill bits. We also need to pay for the welding fees.
This project has the potential to save many lives whether its the rescuers' or the person in the danger. Any contributions are greatly appreciated.