Shipboard fires? U.S. Naval Research Laboratory got that handled with humanoid firefighter robots, now on the design stage.
formed a team of researchers coming from their group and from various
universities like Virginia Tech and University of Pennsylvania to design
the robot called SAFFiR or Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot. The
robot can interact with humans, navigate in narrow corners, and most
importantly, fight fires.
The robot is equipped with various
features: a sensor suite that includes gas sensor and stereo IR camera
for sight through smoke; balance and agility for movement in sea
conditions; and propelled extinguishing agent technology (PEAT) for
firefighting. The team behind SAFFiR is also developing algorithms to
rank the robot as a team member of a ship’s damage control personnel.
As such, it would recognize the presence of a human team leader,
understand his or her instructions and carry them out, and respond to
both verbal and nonverbal communication. SAFFiR is also seen to be a
potential soldier for warfighting, to aid the Naval and Marine corps.
via Naval Research Laboratory