facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Robot may be useful in search and rescue

March 1, 2013 at 4:53 PM   |   Comments

BOSTON, March 1 (UPI) -- A four-legged robot called BigDog sporting an arm powerful enough to lift and throw cinder blocks could be used in search and rescue, a U.S. robotics firm says.

BigDog, by U.S. robotics firm Boston Dynamics, was funded by the Pentagon and is designed primarily for military use, with a powerful arm that can pick up and carry heavy loads for soldiers.

In a company video the robot is featured lifting a cinder block with an arm and then flinging it backwards.

The robot can move over rugged terrain while carrying a load, perform simple tasks and obey voice commands.

Chris Melhuish, director of Bristol Robotics Laboratory, called it a "a phenomenal piece of technology."

Its ability to follow a person and obey commands made it "an interesting navigation machine which might end up useful in other domain, such as search and rescue," he told the BBC.

"[Imagine] setting off these units across a rough terrain if they were looking for a lost child or a walker on a mountainside," he said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Next week's lunar eclipse may feature the color turquoise Next week's lunar eclipse may feature the color turquoise
2
Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' virus Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' virus
3
"Man in the moon" likely caused by volcano, not astroid "Man in the moon" likely caused by volcano, not astroid
4
Lamborghini reveals Asterion LPI-910, hybrid supercar that hits 199 mph and gets 57 mpg Lamborghini reveals Asterion LPI-910, hybrid supercar that hits 199 mph and gets 57 mpg
5
Mirror turtle ants thrive by going undercover Mirror turtle ants thrive by going undercover
Trending News
x
Feedback