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SN-3 Nova robot concept designed for dangerous maintenance tasks

We already know the Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Dynamics that has various applications – from pulling a rickshaw, opening a door, patrolling an oil rig, to inspecting large construction sites and other more or less serious tasks. The new SN-3 Nova robot belongs to the same family, and it was made to perform those jobs that are too dangerous for humans to venture.

Developed by an Iranian concept designer Amin Akhshi, the concept robot could be future colleagues of maintenance technicians in the inspection, maintenance, and repairs of electronic devices when there would be a potential health hazard for humans who enter it in that area. Due to its design, it could also be an excellent work tool during space missions and save astronaut’s life when something needs to be fixed in the hostile environment of space.

SN-3 Nova robot dog concept designed for dangerous maintenance tasks.
The SN-3 Nova uses EndoWrist instruments to repair most of the electronic boards. Credit: Amin Akhshi

The SN-3 Nova uses EndoWrist instruments to repair most of the electronic boards with no time constraints. These EndoWrist instruments are located under the very head of the device that comes out of its body when needed. The robot can quickly spot the problems as soon as they appear on the systems that cannot be shut down and drained for inspections, and the system itself is a potential health hazard for humans who enter it.

SN-3 Nova robot dog concept designed for dangerous maintenance tasks.
It has an LED screen on the head. Credit: Amin Akhshi

The machine is powered by a 48V lithium-ion battery loaded with a 3D laser scanner and HDR camera for advanced vision to tread in low-lit conditions. A high-precision CMOS sensor enables the robot to be as precise as possible. This robot is 1.4 meters high and has LED indicators on the shoulders, while there is an LED screen on the head.

For the past few months, Amin has been working on this concept and tried to add some improvements to this version compare to the previous design built-in 2019.

SN-3 Nova robot dog concept designed for dangerous maintenance tasks.
It is just a concept for now. Credit: Amin Akhshi

Undoubtedly, the SN-3 Nova robot dog is built for the future, and don’t be surprised if you witness Amin’s vision turn into reality in your lifetime.

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