Military engineers with a U.S. Navy proudly showed off their Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFIR) during a Naval Future Force Science Technology Expo hold Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, D.C. The bipedal, five-foot-ten, 140-pound drudge successfully battled an tangible glow on an tangible naval vessel, a decommissioned USS Shadwell docked in Mobile, Alabama.
The drudge demonstrated a accumulation of skills, including detecting a feverishness source behind a sealed door, picking adult a glow hose, branch it on a fire, and extinguishing it. A tellurian had to be on palm to open a doorway for SAFFIR, however.
“The objectives for a demo on a Shadwell were to uncover that a drudge could travel over a really disproportionate floor, that it could asian itself to a fire, that it could autonomously hoop a hose, work a hose, aim a hose and conceal a fire, that it succeeded in,” explained Navy scientist Tom McKenna in a video demonstrating SAFFIR’s firefighting skills.
McKenna leads investigate in a fields of cognitive neuroscience and human-robot communication for a Office of Naval Research, according to UPI. SAFFIR was grown in team-work with engineers during Virginia Tech.
SAFFIR’s unusual abilities count on a triple prophesy system, done adult of stereo cameras, an infrared camera for detecting heat, and laser radar.
While SAFFIR is designed to autonomously detect and put out fires but tellurian help, a tellurian still needs to be “in a loop” so that an user can meddle if needed, pronounced Brian Lattimer, an associate highbrow of automatic engineering during Virginia Tech, in a UPI report.
Instead of being a surrogate for humans, SAFFIR is some-more like a partner, explains McKenna.
“We’re operative toward human-robot teams,” he said. “It’s what we call a hybrid force: humans and robots operative together.”
It will be years before a SAFFIR antecedent will be used in genuine life, according to a Virginia Tech spokesperson. And these robots do not come cheap. McKenna told Mashable final year that one firefighting drudge could cost as most as $1 million.