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Beth Stackpole
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Rock-star Robots
Beth Stackpole   10/5/2012 7:01:35 AM
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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.

Charles Murray
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Re: Rock-star Robots
Charles Murray   10/5/2012 5:42:49 PM
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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

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Re: Rock-star Robots
mrdon   10/7/2012 11:01:13 PM
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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!!

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Re: Rock-star Robots
mrdon   10/7/2012 11:17:28 PM
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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.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Rock-star Robots
Beth Stackpole   10/9/2012 7:10:49 AM
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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.

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Where I live the firetrucks carry surfboards (Santa Cruz, CA).
RichardBradleySmith   10/9/2012 7:03:22 PM
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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

mrdon
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Re: Rock-star Robots
mrdon   10/12/2012 1:48:06 AM
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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.

Head Troll
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Robotic systems
Head Troll   10/17/2012 4:34:50 PM
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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.

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bobjengr   10/18/2012 5:01:34 PM
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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.

 

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Jack Rupert, PE   10/19/2012 11:49:52 AM
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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?

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