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Touching Story: Robo B.E.A.R. To The Rescue!

Posted by bosskitty on June 9, 2007

The US military is developing a robot with a teddy bear-style head to help carry injured soldiers away from the battlefield.

The Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot (BEAR) can scoop up even the heaviest of casualties and transport them over long distances over rough terrain.

…. ???? ….

Gary Gilbert, from the US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Centre in Frederick, Maryland, said that the teddy bear appearance was deliberate. New Scientist magazine reports that the “friendly appearance” of the robot is designed to put the wounded at ease. The Bear is controlled remotely and has cameras and microphones through which an operator sees and hears.

The 6ft tall Bear can cross bumpy ground without toppling thanks to a combination of gyroscopes and computer controlled motors to maintain balance.

“A really important thing when you’re dealing with casualties is trying to maintain that human touch.”

OK. BEAR picks up casualty using HUMAN touch.

I truely think this a marvelous idea, if it works. But, when a bomb explodes and there are several casualties, where does this ‘army’ of BEAR medics come from and where are they taking the wounded?

Daniel Theobald, the president of Vecna Technologies, which is developing the robot for the US Army, said: “We saw a need for a robot that can essentially go where a human can. The robot will be an integral part of a military team.”

But, the BEAR won’t say much … wait … is that a HUMAN voice?

B.E.A.R.

1. Teddy bear face designed to be reassuring

2. Hydraulic upper body carries up to 227kgs (500lbs)

3. When kneeling tracked “legs” travel over rubble. Switches to wheels on smooth surfaces

4. Dynamic Balance Behaviour (DBB) technology allows the robot to stand and carry loads upright on its ankles, knees or hips for nearly an hour

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5 Responses to “Touching Story: Robo B.E.A.R. To The Rescue!”

  1. expatbrian said

    Hi Bosskitty, got your link. I like your site, how do you separate your widget entries without those ugly boxes like on my site? Looks much nicer this way.

  2. One more step in the dehumanization of Bush’s war.

  3. bosskitty said

    Christopher, good point, we can have a whole army of Robo-Warriors to do all the dirty work for King George, then, pick up the victims and throw them in the trash … hey! De-humanize inhumanity! Great idea8

  4. BossKitty,

    We’re a nuisance to the people who print the money and meet at Skull and Bones headquarters and the Bohemian Grove. To them, the members of the Jason Society, we’re taking up space and using precious resources.

    The Henry Kissingers of the world advocate the world’s population should be cut by 2/3rds. Then, if they’re lucky, they (not you and me) can take advantage of the promise of eternal life here on earth as stem cells cure disease and life expectancy increases to 150 years and beyond.

  5. bosskitty said

    Hey! That’s Ms. Nuisance to you … tee hee

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