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Being a firefighter means risking your life to help others but what if there was a safer method of putting out flames? Howe and Howe Technologies company located in Maine, USA developed Thermite RS1-T3: the firefighting robot. It can deploy about 2,500 gallons of water per minute and plough through doors/walls. The vehicle, which can be controlled by a handheld remote from a safe distance, is also equipped with a high-definition video stream so that the operator can easily manoeuvre the robot through difficult conditions in the field. The robot is made from fire-resistant aircraft-grade aluminium & steel and it moves on crawler platform. This design allows it to reach difficult areas quitting out fires in dangerous and inaccessible places.
The fire-resistant Walk-Man is not musical at all but stands 6 feet tall and only weighs 220 pounds. The robot is quite mobile, can carry heavy objects long distances and has a battery that can last about 2 hours. The onboard cameras, 3D laser scanner, and microphone sensors help it navigate and access the emergency situation. It can also be equipped with chemical sensors if needed.
The Walk-Man collects images and relays them back to a human team who can virtually guide the robot. This remote control is carried out by an operator using a virtual interface and suit with sensors, which allows them to send actions to the avatar like Walk-Man.
Both robots are more of assistants to firefighters than a replacement. Instead, these remarkable firefighting robots are advanced tools developed to assist first responders in safely and effectively combating industrial and residential fires.
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