Robotics nowadays is still rather unattractive for the general public but things are gradually changing with android robots soon to work in hotels or in retail. But the business environment is not the only one who is venturing in robotic technology. The most recent venture that took the spotlight in media headlines is a Navy branded robot that seems to be the future firefighter on Navy ships.
The Office of Naval Research has recently revealed its robot model, called SAFFiR, short for Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot. In tryouts on the retired USS Shadwell, the robot extinguished a little fire with a hose and successfully completed other safety-related chores.
ONR scientist Thomas McKenna said in an announcement:
“We set out to build and demonstrate a humanoid capable of mobility aboard a ship, manipulating doors and fire hoses, and equipped with sensors to see and navigate through smoke. The long-term goal is to keep sailors from the danger of direct exposure to fire.”
The Navy is currently moving ahead to set up hybrid groups made of people and robots, as per McKenna. He noted that the Navy human employees could work remotely amid perilous occasions while directing the robots.
SAFFiR is featured with sensors that enable it to see even in thick smoke and can undertake independent assignments, like for example, taking care of hoses, the ONR announced. Nonetheless, the model robot can’t work without a human operator.
The robot, which is 5-feet-10-inches tall and has 143 pounds, displays a super-human variety of movements to manage in various spaces, as indicated by the ONR. The robot has been a work in process for around five years, but scientists said they would like to add more gimmicks to make it valuable in different circumstances. So far the biggest bump for the robot is the fact that its battery lasts no more than five minutes, but the tech experts are currently working on improving that downside in the next generation.
According to McKenna the team has been examining different sorts of sensors that can go with this type of robots. He gave the example of a bipedal robot that could be designed to take shipboard estimations, look for erosion and leaks and spot changes to the state of the room from its initial design. McKenna believes that by tackling these time-consuming errands, SAFFiR could enable Sailors to be available for occupations that better exploit their preparation and specialized skillsets.
SAFFiR was presented at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO on Feb. 4.
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