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US Navy tests humanoid robotic fire-fighters

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Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:45 AM by AlexMuller

Fire-fighting robots designed to withstand intense heat are to be tested by the US Navy this summer. The Shipboard Autonomous Fire-fighting Robot (SAFFiR) has been built by engineers at Virginia Tech and other US universities. The robots are expected to perform a variety of tasks - balancing, turning valves, picking up and dragging a fire hose and jetting water on the fire.

 

They also have a vision system to search for survivors. "The human-sized autonomous robot is capable of finding and suppressing shipboard fires and working seamlessly with human fire-fighters," says the Office of Naval Research's website. Such a machine should be "able to withstand higher heat for longer periods than human fire-fighters," it adds.

 
Two versions of the robot, made by researchers at Virginia Tech and the universities of California, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania, will be tested on board the decommissioned USS Shadwell.
 
The ship is regularly set on fire to test new equipment. One robot will be about 5ft (1.5m) while the other will be slightly taller and more advanced.
 
Robots are increasingly finding their way into the military. The Pentagon's Darpa (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has a range of battlefield robots and is also working on ways to enhance soldiers' abilities with exoskeletons and uniforms made of smart materials. This week it announced a new unit devoted to researching the intersection between biology and engineering.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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Great news. This has been anticipated for some time and application of this new robot technology to disaster and danger zones- where humans can not go- was expected to be the first area to test their abilities and usefulness
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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The impact of technology has been gradual but it only goes one way. In some sectors the decline in employment and relative pay has been dramatic Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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Yes, military is very interested in robots. The U.S. Army, for example, has recently declared that it is cutting troop levels. "Over the next sixteen years, each and every brigade in the Army will see its soldier count drop from 4,000 to 3,000, with robots making up the loss in firepower." Very shocking to many enlisted individuals out there
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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I am not surprised. Already, there is a robot for almost every job in the armed forces. Drones provide air support while robotic mini-tanks patrol streets. Tiny, insect-sized robot helicopters provide intel, and Robotic medics and first responders are on the horizon. Smart rifles can even take the place of snipers...... Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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Well, reduction in army personnel and soldiers in particular is also happening in the UK. This is one of the jobs where technology is becoming increasingly important and, I agree, it is not unexpected
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-03
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Yes, and one big thing that makes human cost in the army high is caring for soldiers after their active service. In comparison, robots will be less costly Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-23
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I have not really choesn what kind of specialists I would like to work under, but I do believe that it would be fun to work in a Psychiatrist’s office. I originally was going for my B.A. in Psychology, but switched. There are so many to choose from that sound absolutely interesting. Such as working under an Internist or going simple and working under a Family practitioner. Even Gerontologist sounds like fun. I love the “aging population” and they have stories and much to teach.For the moment I am going to take this degree one step at a time and try to find the place that fits me best. Reply


 

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