By Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & PR, Robotic Industries Association
Mont Coal, West Virginia is in the news after the specter of a coalmining tragedy that took dozens of lives. Robots are in the news, too, as journalists ask if something like the Mars Rover couldn’t be used to increase the safety of mining here on Earth. More and more, when lives are at stake robots become relevant.
ABC News wanted to know if robots could do man’s dirty work and talked to Red Whittaker of RedZone Robotics and Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. A winner of RIA’s Joseph F. Engelberger Award in Technology, he is a pioneer for robots in unstructured environments including mines.
He is quoted about robotics work already conducted in mining environments, and talks about the possibilities and limits of what robots can do whether it be exploration or search and rescue.