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Chaos High Mobility Robot
The Chaos™ High Mobility Robot is one of nearly 150 other robots featured in the IEEE ROBOTS app after the July 15th update. Chaos' unique design and powerful capabilities have captured attention of robotics enthusiasts all over the world.

The Chaos™ high mobility robot is once again in the spotlight, this time as part of an iPad app for robot enthusiasts developed by the Institute of Electrical Engineers and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The ROBOTS app, heralded as a "gift from heaven" by Mashable's Lance Ulanoff, features nearly 150 of the world's most well known, most unique, and sometimes most bizarre robots. Chaos was included in the app's July 15th update, and is sure to charm robot lovers.

Chaos was originally developed for the US military as an answer to the harsh terrain Soldiers often face in the field. Other robotic platforms do very well in flat areas, but have difficulty when transitioning to wooded or rocky terrains.

Chaos' independently rotating track arms enable it to overcome obstacles that would bog down other platforms, giving it a sense of "swimming" over the landscape.

Chaos' rugged aluminum cast body is designed to take a lot of punishment from the environment while protecting the internal robotics and battery compartments.

While its family roots are similar to other tracked bomb disposal robots (like PackBot and Talon), Chaos' highly versatile nature makes it useful for other applications like troop support, search and rescue, surveillance, reconnaissance, and even wounded Soldier extraction.

For those interested in learning more about the current state of robotics, we highly encourage that you download the ROBOTS app, currently $0.99 in the Apple iTunes Store. The app features a description, technical specs, photos, videos, and even some interactive elements that allow you to rate robots, and compare them with other robots in the app. Find Chaos and let us know what you think!


This video features a Lego Mindstorms creation patterned after Chaos™ High Mobility Robot.

Another Chaos-like design built using Lego Kinect.

Have you heard of LEGO Mindstorms? If not, you're quickly becoming a minority. The popular brand Mindstorms was created by the Denmark-based LEGO Group, taking its purpose of "[engaging] in the development of children's creativity through playing and learning” to an entirely new level. Developed to cultivate the next generation of engineers—or even to get us older folks in touch with our inner child—Mindstorms uses basic robotic software and specialized LEGO parts to enable anyone to build and test robotic creations of all shapes and sizes.


We were reminded of the flexibility of LEGO Mindstorms and the engineering prowess of its customers when we found a pair of YouTube videos that featured Mindstorm (or LEGO Technic) creations inspired by our Chaos™ High Mobility Robot. Chaos is a unique small robot platform that uses four independently rotating track arms to lift itself over all types of obstacles and terrain including rocks, logs and branches, and snow. Check out the very admirable attempts of these LEGO Mindstorm engineers to recreate Chaos!

As a robotics company, we are on the cutting edge of technology development and application. We see hundreds of forms of robotics finding their way into the mainstream: vehicle automation technologies like those found in our own solutions, fully autonomous consumer vehicles like the Google (and soon to be Lexus and Audi) Car, robotic surgery systems, manufacturing/materials handling robots, classroom robots, and even humanoid robots. We applaud LEGO for providing the tools to develop the next generation of engineers and stirring the creativity in us all.



Chaos High Mobility Robot four independently rotating track arms enable it to go and do what no other small robot platform in its class can.

"It climbs stairs like a BOSS!" exclaimed neamerjell. "That's one of the coolest robots I've seen yet," said thegreatnoleander. "Dear Santa… AWESOME!" wrote TheGameplayr. Chaos™ High Mobility Robot is making some serious noise on YouTube. The video showcasing the small robot platform just surpassed the 100,000 views mark and continues to register more as robot enthusiasts are scouring the web for the latest and greatest.

"Chaos gets most of its interest from its four independently rotating tracks," says Mel Torrie, developer of Chaos and CEO of ASI. "Not only do these tracks give it a high level of mobility over uneven, rocky ground, but it also gives Chaos a quite unique look that turns a lot of heads."

Chaos was originally developed as a military support robot capable of transporting supplies through combat zones, persistent surveillance and scouting, and bomb disposal.

The small robot platform can accept a variety of payloads—including robotic arms, 3D imaging equipment, high definition video cameras, and more—making Chaos ideal for a number of both military, scientific, and industrial applications.

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. deploys Chaos units in both domestic and international markets for military and mining customers. Most notably, the small robot was deployed in a South African gold mine to explore and test conditions after blasting. This small robot is making a big difference.

Sadly, not everyone seems to be on board with Chaos. "Too bad the Globalists are gearing up to use this type of technology to cut down the Constitutional Resistance," writes justinwoolee. "[ASI] you should just call yourself Skynet because you know not what you do, until it's too late!" Well, I guess you just can't please everyone.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PETERSBORO, UT—July 21, 2009. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) announced today it has begun a program with SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific to engineer its man-portable Chaos™ High Mobility Robot platform to perform sustained ground surveillance missions (referred to as "persistent stare") as part of SPAWAR’s Man-Portable ISR UGV program. The mission will require the integration of an advanced power system to increase mission duration from hours to days and an advanced sensor suite for both surveillance and autonomous navigation purposes.

ASI will collaborate with engineers at SPAWAR’s Unmanned Systems Branch to configure the platform for the new sub-systems and fabricate an upgraded prototype system. The newly configured Chaos™ is intended to be ready for a demonstration of the new capability at the Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand in February 2010.

Chaos was originally developed with TARDEC’s Robotic Mobility Lab to demonstrate high mobility in a man-portable form factor similar to that of the current MTRS EOD robots.


The platform’s unique mobility, plus its open architecture and easy configuration, made it a good base platform for the persistent surveillance mission. TARDEC is also contributing to this effort.

“At the JGRE conference in March, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of the Army’s III Corps, identified the persistent stare mission as one of the top upcoming applications for robots in combat. Autonomous Solutions is excited about this opportunity to be one of the first to help fill this need,” said Mel Torrie, CEO of ASI.

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About ASI

For nearly 14 years, ASI has been a world leader in unmanned ground vehicle systems. From their northern Utah headquarters, ASI serves clients in the mining, agriculture, automotive, military, and manufacturing industries with robotic solutions ranging from driver assistance to full, multi-vehicle autonomy. ASI's world-class engineering staff is dedicated to the ideals of innovation, safety, simplicity, and quality.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOGAN, UTAH—January 28, 2009. Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) announced that its Chaos™High Mobility Robot will be profiled in a series of exercises at Cobra Gold 2009 in Thailand. Cobra Gold involves the United States, Thai, Singaporean, Japanese, and Indonesian militaries, and is meant to improve interoperability, enhance security relationships. It also demonstrates U.S. support for humanitarian and security interests in the Pacific. The Chaos small robot that will be at Cobra Gold was built by ASI for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), which has made it available for the exercise.

Marines will use Chaos to demonstrate a series of scenarios in which robotics will be beneficial. Engineers from ASI will be on-hand to provide support and receive feedback on the Chaos platform from operators. Examples of these scenarios include route security, cordon and search, casualty extraction and logistical supply.

Chaos is designed to access hazardous areas previously accessible only by foot, thereby reducing risk to personnel. It can negotiate extremely rough, steep, and loose terrain with four independent drive tracks that independently change orientation a full 360 degrees. The unique ability to alter its pitch, roll, and yaw enables Chaos to navigate surfaces too uneven for other tracked platforms.


With a high payload capacity and an available manipulator arm with a fifty pound capacity at full reach (72 in), Chaos can perform a variety of functions. Its base weight is low enough that it can be lifted out of a vehicle and deployed by two people. As a JAUS-compatible platform, Chaos allows easy addition of a wide variety of sensors and other robotic payloads. Its simple, modular design affords easy field service, maintenance, and repair.

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About ASI

For nearly 14 years, ASI has been a world leader in unmanned ground vehicle systems. From their northern Utah headquarters, ASI serves clients in the mining, agriculture, automotive, military, and manufacturing industries with robotic solutions ranging from driver assistance to full, multi-vehicle autonomy. ASI's world-class engineering staff is dedicated to the ideals of innovation, safety, simplicity, and quality.