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Droid
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Oh my.....
Droid   7/25/2012 9:23:27 AM
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The sentence in this article that caught my eye starts as follows.  "When the robot finds a victim, the head can be detached......."   I'm glad that was explained further! LOL.

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Fascinating robotics site
Droid   7/25/2012 9:38:24 AM
This is not directly on topic.   But here's a link to a fascinating robotics site I just ran across.   http://www.users.qwest.net/~kmaxon/index.html  Hundreds of photos.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/27/2012 1:12:22 PM
I agree with bob. Firefighters can be scary enough in all that gear. Darth Vader? Hadn't thought about it, but I see your point.

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Jack Rupert, PE   7/28/2012 5:29:17 PM
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Actually, when I saw that first picture I thought it was supposed to be a cat - not a bear.  Not too sure I want my life in the "paws" of a cat.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/30/2012 12:59:44 PM
Funny you should say that, Jack. The first time I saw the Army's BEAR robot, I thought it looked like a teddy bear, not a real bear. Come to think of it, maybe that's on purpose, to make it look friendlier.

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Robots can save my day!
warren@fourward.com   8/1/2012 3:43:27 PM
I like the idea of robots coming to the rescue, unlike the abominable movie "I Robot", but I fear for the poor soul who sells one and gets sued as soon as it doesn't live up to human expectations.  The technology is there and being used piecemeal now, but when the lawyers get hold of it, it would be better to just let the poor fool die.

Having made my disclaimer, it is time we used some of our robot playthings in universities to help mankind in more ways.  We already use them, I hear, to clear roadside bombs, old land mines, nuclear (nuclur, dear George) waste,etc., but if they could come to the rescue in house or building fires, chemical spills, and so on, a lot of lives could be saved.  Maybe even mine when I mess up in the kitchen...

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Rob Spiegel   8/1/2012 5:42:39 PM
I think we're going to see applications for robots increase. Drones are a form of robot. Robots were used to defuse the apartment of accused Aurora shooter James Holmes.

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rescue robots
William K.   8/1/2012 10:04:40 PM
I am sure that I have seen the "BEAR" robot quite a while back, probably in Design News, and it would seem that whatever needed to be verified would be verified by now. As for a battlfield rescue robot, An American flag on the robot's chest would be enough for many, although certainly a robot could deliver a voice message as well. The very best choice would be to provide a bit of training for those likely to be rescued.

Of course, in a disaster or fire rescue a robot could certainly have a friendly human sounding voice, since it would not need much in the line of life support hardware for itself. 

The concept of tranquilizing a panicy victim is about the most poorly advised idea that I have ever heard, since the legal ramifications would be horrible. We all know that.

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Ann R. Thryft   8/2/2012 12:03:42 PM
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Warren, I'd guess that since most of the rescue robots are being designed for deployment by the military and first responders like police departments, they aren't likely to be deployed by civilians in a disaster. OTOH, if you buy one for help in the kitchen, you're probably on your own.

warren@fourward.com
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man vs. robot
warren@fourward.com   8/2/2012 1:21:05 PM
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One of the many advantages of humans (organics) is our mass to strength ratio.  We efficiently convert food to energy and productivity.  We have a built-in computer that has millions of parallel processors and almost unlimited memory, plus billions of input devices of various types (sound, touch, smell, optical, temperature, psychic (??), etc.  No machine has all these capabilities in such a neat little package (well, "little" is in the eyes of the beholder).  As we develop our little robot companions, the mass (weight, here on earth) adds up quickly and soon becomes unwieldy.  Too bad, but it is a fact of life.  We haven't been able to improve on God, and probably won't come close, but we can develop specific-use robots to help us in our travail through life.  Rescue robots are top on my list!  Too bad we have to replace so many workers with assembly line robots, but that is an economic fact of life.  It will be interesting to see how our best and brightest come up with new solutions over the next few years in robotics.  I will certainly be following the engineering side of this work.  I hope it acts as a spring board to other areas like NASA did.

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