Thursday, November 20, 2008

Practical applications for response robots

Imagine this situation: You are a first responder and you arrive at the scene of a building that has collapsed. You know the building is a warehouse that stores hazardous materials. You also know that it is the middle of the work day, so there may be people trapped inside. Would you rather spend the time putting on level-A suits and setting up a decontamination station, or would you rather send a robot in the building immediately upon arrival?

I know what I’d want to do. This is just one of many scenarios in which robot developers are hoping to help emergency responders stay safe. After all, how can emergency responders help the victim if they become victims themselves?

Check out the video below to find out more.



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