HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
REGISTER   |   LOGIN   |   HELP
Blogs
Blog
Video: Robotic Firefighter of the Future
10/5/2012

The Bulldog RS-1 is an all-terrain monster truck that can deliver remote-controlled firefighting and disaster-response robots to a fire or a disaster site. Twin brothers and company owners Michael and Geoffrey Howe -- who themselves have a Discovery program dedicated to their innovative vehicle design -- developed the Bulldog, which they are dubbing the 'firefighter of the future.'   (Source: Howe and Howe Technologies)
The Bulldog RS-1 is an all-terrain monster truck that can deliver remote-controlled firefighting and disaster-response robots to a fire or a disaster site. Twin brothers and company owners Michael and Geoffrey Howe -- who themselves have a Discovery program dedicated to their innovative vehicle design -- developed the Bulldog, which they are dubbing the "firefighter of the future."
(Source: Howe and Howe Technologies)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Jack Rupert, PE
User Rank
Platinum
IR Add-on
Jack Rupert, PE   10/19/2012 11:49:52 AM
NO RATINGS
I'm not a firefighter, so this might be totally off the wall, but isn't one of the techniques going after the hot spots.  What if a robot like this was equipped with an IR camera and could semi-autonomously address the areas most in need?

bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
BULLDOG
bobjengr   10/18/2012 5:01:34 PM
NO RATINGS
MRDON--I agree completely. I have an uncle who retired as a firefighter and it is definitely one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet.  Any robotic mechanism or system that can remove some of the danger would be welcomed by them.  I can also see systems such as these being very effective combined with SWAT teams and law enforcement teams.  The engineering would be well worth the effort.   Beth, great post.

 

Head Troll
User Rank
Iron
Robotic systems
Head Troll   10/17/2012 4:34:50 PM
NO RATINGS
I guess I should be happy someone took a page out of our product line and and 5 year old ARV paper. Upscaled the size at the same time. Nice job.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Rock-star Robots
mrdon   10/12/2012 1:48:06 AM
NO RATINGS
TV is quite the influencer and if used in a positive way, young minds will be swayed  to Change the World creatively using science and engineering tools and methods.

RichardBradleySmith
User Rank
Bronze
Where I live the firetrucks carry surfboards (Santa Cruz, CA).
RichardBradleySmith   10/9/2012 7:03:22 PM
NO RATINGS
These guys need to take it up a notch if they are going do open ocean water rescue. Perhaps they can make new version of the Amphicar. Now that would be cool!

https://www.google.com/search?q=amphicar&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=cKx0UP2UKcPHiwLcqYCgAQ&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1600&bih=718&sei=Bq10UPalGob9iQLpzoGwDQ

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Rock-star Robots
Beth Stackpole   10/9/2012 7:10:49 AM
NO RATINGS
If you can make an inventor/engineer's zest to create and develop a robot as "sexy" and cutting edge as chronicling an Olympic athlete's training plan or a rock star's rise to fame, you've scored in terms of exposing our youth to the positives of this profession. Think about what Discovery's Deadliest Catch did for elevating the dangerous and often unglamourous job of king crab fishing in the Bering Straits.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Rock-star Robots
mrdon   10/7/2012 11:17:28 PM
NO RATINGS
Hey Beth, These robots are pretty cool and the fact their designers are young engineers, is what's needed to motivate the new generation of technologists to pursue careers in engineering and science. Positive representation of young adults, like the Howe Brothers, help kids dream with big with imaginations and create cool machines like these awesome firefighting robots. Agreed, Discovery Channel does a pretty good job illustrating the coolness of engineering with the MythBusters and the Howe brother's robotics TV documentary.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Rock-star Robots
mrdon   10/7/2012 11:01:13 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Charles, I agree, these robotic vehicles are awesome. The use of robots to assist in fire fighting is a definite welcome in removing humans from performing dangerous jobs. Design News is a definitely leader in reporting unique and cool robotics applications. Nice work Elizabeth!!

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Rock-star Robots
Charles Murray   10/5/2012 5:42:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Amazing and useful product, given the amount of danger that firefighters face. Slightly reminiscent of a robot called The Bear, that we've written about a couple of times previously.  

http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=217033

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Rock-star Robots
Beth Stackpole   10/5/2012 7:01:35 AM
NO RATINGS
This robot is definitely pretty intimdating and looks like it could get the job done under even the toughest conditions. Interesting that these guys are celebs in their own right--these Discovery Channel shows focused on engineering and science: Myth Busters, Deadliest Warrior, etc. are really doing a lot to promote the "cool" side of engineering and what's possible to the up and coming generation. Rock star robot builders--that's progress.

Partner Zone
More Blogs
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Product design is changing with advances in technology and outsourced manufacturing. The Art of Product Design spells out the future of design engineering.
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
Worldwide economic expansion is spurring growth in industrial machinery sales to 5% or 6% per year through 2018.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service