Squishy robots that can be dropped from the helicopter, saves human life
- by disha-gavandi
- May 21, 2019 18:12
Squishy robots are the robots which look delicate but are the most long lasting as compared to other robots. Squishy robotsare the one which can land safely from a 600 foot drop, may help first responders scope out disaster zones without putting human lives at risk. Built of a network of rods linked by contracting cables, they can also shapeshift in order to crawl from one point to another.The original idea was to have a robot that could be dropped from a spacecraft and survive the fall,” said Agogino. “But I could tell this tech had earthly applications. Equipping the robots with sensors and dropping them into disaster zones could provide first responders with critical information about conditions on the ground, such as the presence of poisonous gas, says UC Berkeley mechanical engineering professor Alice Agogino. Our rapidly deployable mobile sensor robots are designed to save lives, reduce costs and risks and increase effectiveness of emergency response," Agogino says. "
They can survive a high drop into a disaster zone and provide life-saving information to first responders. They can also work as co-robots with their human partners on the ground when they arrive on the scene.“No one can do what we do,” Agogino preened. At a recent industry demo day where robot makers showed off air-drop models, “we were the only vendor that was able to do a successful drop." This one had to be engineered not just to withstand great force from dropping, but to shift in such a way that it can walk or crawl along the ground and even climb low obstacles. That’s a nontrivial shift away from the buckyball and other geodesic types. And although the tests only went up to a few hundred feet, there’s no reason that Squishy’s bots shouldn’t be able to be dropped from 1,000, or for that matter 50,000 feet up. They hit terminal velocity after a relatively short distance, meaning they’re hitting the ground as hard as they ever will, and working just fine afterwards. That has plenty of parties interested in what Squishy is selling.
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