Researchers at the University of California-San Diego have developed a Segway-like autonomous robot that can act as a scout for firefighters in commercial and residential blazes. (Source: University of California-San Diego)
I can see it now. A seqway with monster struck wheels. In all seriousness though, I thought I saw a segwa with tracks somewhere. I have seen more and more development of tracks fro anything from tractors to trucks lately.
The Segways have been good for that, jmiller, and now I think there will be more instances of applications of Segways in places where, as you mention, it's hard for people to walk. For things like fires and disaster-recovery--like the rubble of earthquakes--I think they can be adapted in very useful ways.
@jmiller-Segway tours are very popular here in San Francisco. It's almost adorable to see a group of 6-10 adults with bicycles helmets roaming through Golden Gate Park. I've also seen many police officers use them at big events.
Good question, I will have to check on that, Cabe. I can't imagine it would take very long, as it would probably be quite dangerous for the robot to stay in the building for an extended period of time.
Yes, police on Segways are hardly intimidating, jmiller, I agree. I don't live in the U.S. anymore and I don't see anyone on Segways here in Europe, not even recreationally. When I lived in San Francisco there were Segway tours near the bay, but that's really the only place I've seen these machines being used. So I think adapting it for a good use robotically is a great idea.
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