The discount is $100 off the list price of $2,995.00 for the flagship robot (-3.3%).
I’m one of the co-founders of UplinkRobotics, and I wanted to hop in here to answer any questions or respond to any feedback anyone has regarding out crawlers! We would love to respond to any questions, constructive criticism, general feedback, etc. We’re making these for you guys and gals, so throw what you want at us.
What crawlspace inspection research made you decide to sell a crawler with no camera panning feature?
So Nick looks like he saw a really bad defect, or he got his new $3,000.00 crawler stuck way way back in some dank crawlspace.
Hi Scot! Our inspection crawler does offer camera panning through it’s zero-turn maneuverability. This means it can turn in place instead of doing multi-point turns. This replaces a servo that pans the camera left and right.
This was an engineering decision to do the following:
- Save on space & remove the traditional top-mounted camera system that can get caught on hanging objects. This also lets our crawlers operate upside down as well.
- Allows for easier maneuverability in crawlspaces compared to typical RC cars.
- Improved reliability (as it removes an additional servo).
We did this to differentiate ourselves from the traditional crawler market and give inspectors another option with competitive features.
Please describe your process on inspecting the perimeter foundation wall. I use my pan feature and make a complete lap while driving forward in one easy pass.
Our crawler is equipped with a 155 degree field of view camera, so you can drive parallel along the foundational wall and still see it with the ability to turn and look at areas of concern. With any engineering decision, there are trade offs. We spoke with home inspectors and concluded that ensuring the crawler makes it back to the inspector is more important, so we prioritized that. No one wants to get an expensive tool stuck when it gets hung up or flipped.
Most fpv cameras have that wide of a field of vision. Can you post a video showing your bot inspecting a perimeter wall?
I know a non panning camera crawler does not work well enough for what home inspectors need. It will be up to others to decide.
I’ll get back to you on the video. Every home inspector has their own process for inspecting crawl spaces. Some may prefer a crawler with a larger top-mounted camera system that pans, but others may prefer one with zero-turn that is less likely to get stuck while inspecting crawl spaces. Our goal was to bring differentiation to the market based on feedback from both home inspectors using our crawlers throughout the U.S. and inspectors who weren’t happy with previous crawlers. It wouldn’t be fun if every crawler was the same
Why is yours less likely to get stuck than mine?
I like the looks of this. Definitely different than all the others. I like this approach even if your “competition” doesn’t. I currently have a crawlbot xl and a superdroid. Even at 7 and 8 inches I am unable to get into most areas so the camera location is a plus for me. I don’t see dimensions on your site and am curious what this measures. The swappable battery is also a plus, but I’d like to see swappable standardized batteries. Similar to Superdroid’s Milwaukee and Dewalt or using 21700 or similar. Keep up the good work!
My only competition is myself. He asked for criticism and questions. Sorry that I know the right questions to ask.
I see a difference between criticism and questions on a product and arguing why yours is better. At no point did anyone say yours is more likely to get stuck than his, he only said his is less likely than others. I have never come across a crawler thread that you don’t bash others and praise yourself. I’m sure you build a great product, but it doesn’t mean others don’t as well. Every product has a different use. No single product is a one-fit solution. This is the best low profile that I have come across.
I re-read everything here, I asked only questions, never once argued mine is better and asked for a video to show his process. Maybe you can you explain who are the “others” that he is talking about if not myself among others? Please share some past comments showing me bashing others while praising myself.
I’m sorry, but we aren’t referencing any specific crawlers, just the general crawler trend of a top-mounted camera system. The larger & bulky camera systems mounted on the top can get wrapped up on hanging wire, and increases the crawler’s overall height. The most important feature of our Marten crawler is that it continues to drive when it is flipped over, which cannot be said for crawlers with top-mounted camera systems. It both reduces the risk of getting the crawler stuck and puts inspectors more at ease when putting a tool somewhere they may not be able to retrieve it. Take a look below.
Thanks for the feedback, Bob! Our crawler measures 14.5” x 14” x 6.5” (W x L x H). I’ll get a photo with dimensions on our website here soon. Thanks for pointing that out. For the battery, we decided to go bigger capacity for less swapping. We use off the shelf 3S batteries that can be bought off Amazon which helps. We do admit, SDRobots has a cool design with the drill batteries. Thank you for the constructive feedback!
I think you are on the right path here… I really would like to purchase a robot, but have stayed on the sidelines so far because I cannot justify in my mind putting a $3,000 tool somewhere where I may not be able to retrieve it (which is really the point of deploying a robot). That is a risk-versus-reward equation that I have not been able to square just yet… Has anyone that owns a robot come up with any sure-fire methods of retrieving a robot that is stuck or no longer responding to the radio controller?
good question Brian