The U.S. Navy has developed a prototype of a human-shaped robot able to walk through fire to help with firefighting efforts that take place on ships. The Navy humanoid robot can detect fires withstand extreme heat up to 500 degrees, and fight the fire shoulder to shoulder with human firefighters.
This Firefighter Robot, known as SAFFiR is one of the latest discoveries in autonomous systems. The investigation has been conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
“I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.” Marie Curie.
The US Naval Research Laboratory has said that this prototype has also the capacity to detect and control the incipient fire.
The great difficulty to extinguish a fire within the vessels is due to the different levels of its structure, the high temperatures and the rapid deterioration of the environment. Sometimes even the most skilled firefighters cannot face them.
SAFFiR is also outfitted with multi-modal sensor technology for advanced navigation and a sensor suite that includes a camera, gas sensor, and stereo IR camera to enable it to see through smoke. It’s the next step in evolution of the CHARLI humanoid.
The discovery seems fantastic, because afterwards, it can then be applied to civilian life, saving lives and preventing unnecessary risks.
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