Okay, so it's a bad pun or play on words, but we just couldn't pass up the opportunity. And, honestly, we really feel that by adding a set of powerful tracks to an already neat robot, Surveyor has made the SRV-1 even more practical, interesting, and attractive for robot and R&D experimentors.
We had the opportunity to test the original SRV-1 design a couple of months ago, and were really impressed its functionality (see links below).
Since that time, Howard Gordon - Surveyor's founder and guiding light, hasn't stopped adding to and improving the robot. And, at least so far, he hasn't increased pricing, so his customers benefit from the significant improvement in price/performance.
One of Howard's most recent improvements to the robot was to implement a track drive system. The original design, which we believe is still available for sale, was based on two active wheels driven by Solarbotics motor assemblies, and one passive idler wheel. That design worked very well during our testing, though we could see that other people with thick carpets, rough tiles, or other complex surfaces to challenge the robot might not be as satisfied as we were.
Howard seems to have tackled and solved that problem very effectively with his new robot design.
The tracked SRV-1 model includes all the functionality
and performance of the original with much better mobility.
The tracked SRV-1 robot can roll across carpet, up a 40 degree ramp, and
explore your sofa.
To test the new tracks, Howard positioned a piece of sanded plywood at a 40 degree angle between his carpeted floor and a couch. The robot rolled easily across the carpet, made the transition to the ramp without even slowing down or missing a beat, trucked right on up the ramp, and off onto the couch.