Another innovation breakthrough in robotics that may prove invaluable in emergency situations. Researchers at IIT-Istituto di Technologic in Italy just successfully tested a robotic avatar called the Walk-Man robot.
During the test, the robot walked through rooms damaged by a disaster, successfully performing 4 tasks: opening a door, walking thru a disaster zone, finding the valve to cutoff a gas leak, removing debris in its path and putting out fires with a fire extinguisher.
The Walk-Man is a lighter version of an original robot launched in 2015 as part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
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Walk-Man is about 6 feet tall and is controlled by a human remotely thru a virtual interface. The robot is equipped with cameras, a 3D laser and microphone sensors, which transmit back to the emergency team to allow them to access the situation.
According to Forbes, researchers say the lighter weight of the robot enables it to move and react faster and maintain its balance in tough terrain.