Touching Story: Robo B.E.A.R. To The Rescue!
Posted by bosskitty on June 9, 2007
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?
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