The Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot, or BEAR, is an extremely strong, extremely agile robot roughly the size and shape of an adult male human.
It is designed to safely lift humans, carry them, and put them down. Specifically, it is built to rescue human casualties from dangerous areas and
take them back to safety. More generally, it is designed to lift heavy objects, carry them for long distances as needed, over obstacles such as stairs
or rough terrain, and set them down safely.
And it can crawl or stand up,while carrying someone:
And here is a video of the little critter performing various tasks,with a CGI video of how it could be used in the field.
Looking good I think-there could certainly be a place for these in the future,but first of all you have to prevent your super expensive robot from
being disabled by some teenagers with a net/bin bag/petrol bomb.
Send one of those into a Glasgow estate and it would not return...never mind Helmand.But UPSCALE the beast to say the size of a tower block,and arm it
with hellfires...then it may return from Glasgow,maybe.
But I like the design,and they could be helpful for old/injured folks for lifting up stairs or out of bed.
All in all an impressive robot I think.
What do you think-A good robot or the route to a skynet/matrix future?
Very good thoughts anon72-the robot could be jammed or jacked by some signal savvy hackers.
Imagine it,a wounded soldier thinking he was being robo rescued,only to find the robot dumps him into enemy hands.
That could very well happen if the designers of this bot did not use sufficient encryption on the wireless aspect of thier(admitedly
I hope they did.
If I was to add anything to the design,it would be serious armour to cover all the hydraulic cables.
They looked to be a weak point.
Protect the cables,and defend against plastic bag/net assault-Then this robot is onto a winner IMO.
I would love to see this robot go far.
Its our real yet practical and without the cheesy voice version of "Johnny 5"
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