Navy Develops Firefighting Humanoid Robot

Mar 14, 2012 Full story: amog.com 16

For over the last 85 years, the Naval Research Laboratory has served both the Navy and the country in keeping up with, and developing, the technological challenges of the world.

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“Kiss Me You Fool!”

Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

#1 Mar 14, 2012
yea!

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

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#2 Mar 14, 2012
Cool, but why humanoid? If human wasn't good enough at the get go, why stick with the pattern? Put some extra arms and digits on that thing and get-er-done!!

[evil laugh,.. bwaa haa.]

Since: Dec 06

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#3 Mar 14, 2012
off the trail wrote:
Cool, but why humanoid? If human wasn't good enough at the get go, why stick with the pattern? Put some extra arms and digits on that thing and get-er-done!!
[evil laugh,.. bwaa haa.]
Perhaps this paragraph from the article will give you some insight.

"A humanoid robot “was chosen because it was deemed best suited to operate within the confines of an environment that was designed for human mobility,” and will be able “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.”"

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

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#4 Mar 14, 2012
OId Sailor wrote:
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Perhaps this paragraph from the article will give you some insight.
"A humanoid robot “was chosen because it was deemed best suited to operate within the confines of an environment that was designed for human mobility,” and will be able “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.”"
Sure, I get that, but how many times have humans said in frustration, "I only have two hands"? Get my point?
Mr ROBOTO dh

Branchland, WV

#5 Mar 14, 2012
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Kaazmo Wiz dh

Since: Dec 06

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#6 Mar 15, 2012
off the trail wrote:
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Sure, I get that, but how many times have humans said in frustration, "I only have two hands"? Get my point?
Having spent a couple of years on a Destroyer, and having been through a couple of fire fighting trainings sessions, I have to say.......... no, I don't get your point.

Since: Jan 12

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#7 Mar 15, 2012
OId Sailor wrote:
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Having spent a couple of years on a Destroyer, and having been through a couple of fire fighting trainings sessions, I have to say.......... no, I don't get your point.
Good on you.

And no, i dont see his point either!!

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

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#8 Mar 15, 2012
Well fellows, I don't mind explaining points, point by point s0 here goes;

Machines should have design matching function to facilitate the function, so...

Point one, humans have a set number of digits, limbs or "graspers".

Point two, a robot isn't intended to be a human firefighter, why make it look hunanoid unless it facilitates the functioning purpose?

Point three, if you design a robot to fight fire why limit that robot to that human pattern, which sure isn't the optimal format. Add some extra "grippers". An extra "hand" or two can be mighty "handy" in a fire fight. ie, holding a hose with two grips wouldn't be as secure as three or four. Might even multi-task the robot by allowing it to several things at once in an unpredictable environment.

Point of comparison,.. if one designed a robot to catch mice, why on earth would it be patterned after a CAT.

Ok, deleting the program,.. beep, beeep, beeeep.

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

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#9 Mar 15, 2012
Temporary reboot,....

I had some training and experience fighting fires in roaster cyclones and I know a few extra hands would have increased my ability, but then I am actually human so that wasn't an option. Let me at that firefighting robot designing board, it won't be humanoid. Hee he.
Moliner

Enterprise, AL

#10 Mar 15, 2012
off the trail wrote:
Temporary reboot,....
I had some training and experience fighting fires in roaster cyclones and I know a few extra hands would have increased my ability, but then I am actually human so that wasn't an option. Let me at that firefighting robot designing board, it won't be humanoid. Hee he.
I'm not awake enough to be argumentative so I'll simply ask........

How would you design a fire fighting robot to function in this environment?

http://www.staynehoff.net/los-angeles-class-c...

Or this:

http://www.okino.com/images/gd_lcs_platform_c...

keeping in mind, there is one of these between each compartment on a ship:

http://www.ussalbacore.org/img/img_virtual_to...
Mike Hunter

Medford, NY

#11 Mar 15, 2012
The Navy developed this? Uh.....aren't their fleet surrounded by water?

“That is Just Weird...”

Since: Jul 07

San Francisco

#12 Mar 15, 2012
That is bad ass.. good by fire extinguisher, hello Raymond.

“Jody”

Since: Apr 09

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#13 Mar 15, 2012
Moliner wrote:
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I'm not awake enough to be argumentative so I'll simply ask........
How would you design a fire fighting robot to function in this environment?
http://www.staynehoff.net/los-angeles-class-c...
Or this:
http://www.okino.com/images/gd_lcs_platform_c...
keeping in mind, there is one of these between each compartment on a ship:
http://www.ussalbacore.org/img/img_virtual_to...
Without giving it a lot of thought, it would be low slung and narrow chemical tank for spraying and traversing passageways beneath the flames and smoke, track driven for traction and power, racked with a rescue carrier on top, with multiple extension grippers as well as an extension ladder for rescue assistance. No head needed, just a telescoping camera. It wouldn't be upright humanoid which would hinder passage and make it easier to tip over by falling debris.
Moliner

Enterprise, AL

#14 Mar 15, 2012
off the trail wrote:
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Without giving it a lot of thought, it would be low slung and narrow chemical tank for spraying and traversing passageways beneath the flames and smoke, track driven for traction and power, racked with a rescue carrier on top, with multiple extension grippers as well as an extension ladder for rescue assistance. No head needed, just a telescoping camera. It wouldn't be upright humanoid which would hinder passage and make it easier to tip over by falling debris.
If you ever have the opportunity to tour a modern Navy ship, I suggest you do so, then give your idea a lot of thought.

Who knows? You might be the one to develop something that would actually work.
Little Ricky Santpornum

Wilmington, DE

#15 Mar 15, 2012
But can it haze first year midshipmen at the Naval Academy?
Yeoman

Medford, NY

#16 Mar 16, 2012
Little Ricky Santpornum wrote:
But can it haze first year midshipmen at the Naval Academy?
I do believe they have equipped it with a lengthy lubricated probe.

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