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Power Line Inspection Robot

Posted 26 Dec 2006 at 16:56 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

New Orleans is the testing ground for the University of Washington's cable inspection robot which crawls along power lines looking for insulation cracks and other problems. The jointed frame is controlled by an array of 3 Atmel controllers and multiple 12V motors driving plastic rollers. Specially designed sensors and processing components measure the properties of the insulation which feeds data to a local DSP for processing. A gallery and video are available.

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