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Using Chameleon® Chemical Detector with Unmanned Vehicles

Unmanned Vehicles help keep military, law enforcement and first responders safe
Unmanned Vehicles have become an indispensible tool for many military, law enforcement and first responder applications. Unmanned vehicles can operate in environments which are incompatible or unsafe for humans. As unmanned vehicles have become more common, military and first response applications have expanded. For example, Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) or bomb squads use unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) or robots to render safe explosive threats. As another example, military and law enforcement personnel use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones to locate armed suspects and civilians.

Chameleon on Throwbot

Problems with using unmanned vehicles to detect toxic chemicals
Unmanned vehicles can be outfitted with electronic chemical detectors to help determine if toxic chemicals are present. However, the use of these electronic detectors requires a great deal of specialized training, a large budget and regular maintenance. Not to mention, integration of the electronic chemical detector with the unmanned vehicle is difficult, typically requiring extensive technical collaboration between the unmanned vehicle manufacturer and the chemical detector manufacturer.

Many small unmanned vehicles are only able to carry a light payload. Electronic chemical detectors are often too heavy. For instance, throw-able ground robots are not designed to carry fragile and heavy chemical detection instruments. And, small unmanned aerial vehicles cannot get airborne if they are weighted down.

Chameleon on Avid UAV

Using Chameleon chemical detector with an unmanned vehicle
The Chameleon is lightweight and easy to use. It can easily be attached to a ground unmanned vehicle (UGV) or an aerial unmanned vehicle (AGV), using the Chameleon armband, or the hook and loop on the bottom of the Chameleon holder. Once the Chameleon is attached, the user simply maneuvers the unmanned vehicle to the area of concern, and then returns the unmanned vehicle so the user can look for a color change. Alternatively, the user can position the Chameleon so that the unmanned vehicle’s camera can allow the user to view a color change remotely.

Chameleon on robot arm

The Chameleon enables simple, low-cost chemical detection capability for unmanned vehicles. And because the Chameleon weighs less than 2 ounces (less than 56 grams), it can work with small unmanned ground and aerial vehicles that have limited payload weight capacity.

More about Chameleon
Simple to use and low cost, the Chameleon chemical detector is unique. Thanks to the Chameleon's simple color-change chemical detection system, it's easy to know if a chemical danger is present. One color indicates the absence of toxic gas. When two colors appear in the window, users know it's time to take action. No chemical detector is easier to use. Chameleon can be used by every warfighter, police officer and firefighter. The brief video clip shows a Chameleon chemical detection cassette changing color in real-time upon exposure to a toxic gas.

In addition to being easy-to-use and low cost, the Chameleon chemical detector is built for the real world. It is designed for use in arctic, tropical and desert conditions. It can even be immersed in water. Other chemical detectors can't do that. That's why naval boarding teams use the Chameleon. Finally, there is a chemical detector that is made for use in the field.

Chameleon chemical detector. Rugged. Reliable. Easy to Use.