Among the many advantages of using robots is the benefit of applying the technology in high-risk scenarios. Two Korean companies presented their “firebots” to the Lafayette Fire Department and Purdue University researchers, demonstrating how to control the robots via remote to access hazardous situations and assess conditions.
by Eric WeddleThe smaller support bot can withstand 662 degrees of heat and rough terrain.
Ideally, Kang explained, it would be used to explore a structure before the fire is fully involved. Sensors would detect air quality, including hazardous chemicals.
Answering a question from a Lafayette firefighter, Kang said the robot could even be thrown through a second-story window to assess a scene.
“I hope the product will lead to firefighters lives being saved,” he said.
Young Hwan Song, one of the Korean developers, hoped that the researchers at Purdue could design even more applications for the technology in the “firebot.” Robots have done their part to help increase worker safety. What other high-risk scenarios have robots already been deployed to?
Click here to read the full article at jconline.com and watch a video of the “firebot” in action.