World Maker Faire 2013: Emergency Communication Robot
The Emergency Antenna Platform System is an innovative robotic solution to a problem that most people don't realise they have - until disaster strikes.
The system, specifically designed for use in natural, and unnatural, emergency situations, like the 2011 Japan earthquake. When a disaster of that magnitude strikes unexpectedly, as it did in March that year, there's an immediate need to communicate with the rest of the world outside of the impacted area.
The emergency antenna platform, which is surprisingly light and easy to deploy, utilizes a simple roller wheel approach to climb any available telephone or light pole, carrying a ham radio antenna. It's totally self contained, including a battery pack that enables it to keep running even when power to the area has been cut off.
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