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US Researchers Develop Humanoid Robot That can Walk Through Fire Without Hesitation

by Kathy Jones on  March 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM News on IT in Healthcare   - G J E 4
American researchers have built a humanoid robot that can not only carry heavy equipment, but also interact with officers and walk through face-melting fire without hesitation.
 US Researchers Develop Humanoid Robot That can Walk Through Fire Without Hesitation
US Researchers Develop Humanoid Robot That can Walk Through Fire Without Hesitation
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The US Naval Research Laboratory's Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, SAFFiR for short, has been in the works for several years as a safety tool for Navy ships.

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Recently the advanced bot was brought out for a collaborative demonstration with researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania, according to the lab.

The bot is designed to learn a ship's layout, move around autonomously below deck and stay upright even when a vessel is pitching and rolling. Built-in sensors allow it to see through smoke.

Students from the university teams demonstrated complex algorithms that got the robot walking over both manmade and natural terrain, the lab said in a press release.

The teams worked on tech to steer the robot to an open flame while avoiding obstacles.

They also demoed an artificial muscle that would help it lift equipment, walk with a fire hose and activate a nozzle.

Source: ANI
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