Thursday, April 3, 2008

Firefighting Robot?

German researchers have designed firefighting robots mimicking beetles. The OLE robotic beetle (short for Offroad Löscheinheit which means off-road extinguishing apparatus in German) has been developed at the University of Magdeburg-Stendal. The OLE would be autonomous and guided by GPS, infrared and heat sensors and could be equipped with tanks of water and powdered fire-extinguishing agents.

When the OLE detects danger such as too much heat, it can roll into a ball. Its shell then protects the delicate electronic innards from heat ranging to 1,300 degrees celsius. When it’s not balled up, it’s six legs can move it at around 10-20km per hour, depending on environmental conditions. The researchers estimate that a 7,000 square foot forest area could be protected by 30 of the fire fighting beetles. I think people would light more fires just to watch these things show up.
Cool idea though.

Source : Popular Science

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

well i liked these robots very much
and i want do build a firefighting robot that can run on wheels at a good speed and can carry enough water
i would be delighted if help out i am having an event on the 10th of september in college.my email id is rips_aqua@yahoo.com
as for your robotsi think these r quite modern robots, can move on extreme environmental conditions.robust and fast