Humanoid Robot Fights Fires on Ships

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Balancing act
Rob Spiegel   6/1/2012 4:51:29 PM

I agree it is creepy looking. But more and more, we're seeing robots developed to go into dangerous places for surveillance, as well as search and rescue. These developments could save countless human lives.

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Fighting Fires
apresher   6/1/2012 4:02:33 PM
Deb, Very interesting application and use of motion technology. I would think the biggest challenge would be the software algorithms to control movement of the robot, especially to handle challenges like balancing. Thanks.

G Cabrera
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G Cabrera   6/1/2012 1:13:00 PM
These things would be awsome! Anyone who has been on ships know the risks of getting caught in the confined areas of the engine rooms in the event of fires. And usually it would be poisonous smokes resulting from the fires that are more of a danger to human firefighters in these cases.

This is a good step toward ship fire prevention...only...if they did not make it look like the homocidal robot Hector from that 1980 movie 'Saturn 3'. I would be totally on board with this. That robot kinda creeps me out.

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naperlou   6/1/2012 9:47:12 AM
Beth, I expect that a well trained human could do fairly well, but a robot can be programmed to react much faster.  With appropriate sensors the robot could also have some advance notice of events and plan accordingly.  This could be an interesting evolution.

Beth Stackpole
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Balancing act
Beth Stackpole   6/1/2012 7:38:00 AM
I imagine the balance piece is one of the more critical design points for this humanoid fire fighter given that many of this ships could be way out at sea and subject to all kinds of weather. Great idea, though, and a welcome set of hands on deck if such a disaster were to take place.

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