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The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot [SAFFiR]

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posted on Oct, 14 2012 @ 05:33 PM
Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory have developed a humanoid robot that could fight fires and save human lives

The firefighting robot, called the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), is being designed to move autonomously throughout the ship, interact with people, and fight fires, handling many of the dangerous firefighting tasks that are normally performed by humans. The humanoid robot should be able to maneuver well in the narrow passages and ladderways that are unique to a ship and challenging for most older, simpler robots to navigate
The robot has been designed so Its upper body will be able to manipulate fire suppressors
And have the ability to throw Peat Grenades [Propelled Extinguishing Agent Technology]
Its batterypack only holds enough charge for thirty minutes of firefighting though which will have to be mightily improved on
It is also going to be fairly intelligent

Algorithms are being developed to allow autonomous mobility and decision making by the robot as a team member. To enable natural interaction with a human team leader,

The U.S. military
''So you say it can hold things and throw projectiles''
Will this have a duel role as a firefighter and warfighter or will it be just Weaponized

the U.S. military also has set its sights on "other potential warfighting applications"

For now SAFFiR remains a Tame firefighting robot meant to save human lives

But a military robot designed to follow commands, point fire hoses at targets and toss grenades could very well evolve down the road into a "Terminator" soldier.
The Future is Robotic
And if you have a bit of time on your hands here is a link so that you can
Build Your Own Terminator With Existing Military Tech
Have fun with that

edit on 14-10-2012 by cranspace because: link

posted on Oct, 15 2012 @ 02:00 PM
SAFFiR it would seem is an upgraded version of CHARLI-L1

The Navy's planned robot builds upon the design of a humanoid CHARLI-L1 robot already created by Virginia Tech. Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania continue to work with the Naval Research Laboratory on its more ambitious goals.


posted on Oct, 19 2012 @ 07:06 PM
A Libyan Rebel Machine Gun Toting Robot

Its mere presence attests to some of the ingenuity of rebel fighters who have cobbled together many improvised weapons in their makeshift weapons shops with the help of former bus drivers, technicians and engineering students.


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