Thursday, June 7, 2007

"Robot bear" could rescue soldiers on battlefield

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The Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot, or BEAR, combines a hyper-agile mobility platform with dynamic balancing and a high-strength upper body, all in humanoid form.

These capabilities enable the BEAR to navigate where humans go — up a winding forest path or through buildings, up or down stairs — able to search for and rescue human casualties. Under grants from TATRC, congress and other organizations, the BEAR's initial task is to rescue military casualties from urban, forested and other war zones.

The robot, now in prototype development, has demonstrated its promise in lifting and carrying fully-weighted humanoid casualties, transporting them upstairs and down, as well as over uneven terrain, erect in dynamic balancing mode as well as in kneeling and even low-profile, "centaur-like" postures.

Source : vecnarobotics

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