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)
Definitely I think this could also be a good application for search and rescue, too, jmiller. The military has been working on similar type robots, though not Segway-scooter style. But I think this is quite a practical approach and a good use of that design form, which I think personally is quite silly as a mode of transport for people.
Its really very nice and interesting to watch robots helping humans. Idea is very innovative and thought provoking this robot can give a clear image of what is happening inside the burning building and with this information fire brigade people can take precautionary measures . This is a very big help for fire brigade people.
Its nice to see a segway robot contributing to the society other than transport uses. Quite an innovative idea, although i cannot see the video due to some reason, but i do hope the speed and control of this semi autonomus robot is fast and robust, because even a small amount of lag or delay might be fatal for citizens.
The robot is fascinating, and the video demonstrates some impressive software (the 3D pont cloud was amazing), but I frankly did not understand the final segment of it. The robot runs into a wall, falls over, and explodes? Kinda defeated the message up to that point.
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