A new modular robot has been submitted for the 2016 Hackaday Prize which takes the form of DTTO a modular robot that is self-reconfigurable and is focused on all-terrain search and rescue operations using bio-inspired locomotion mechanisms, says its creator.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Arduino powered modular robot which has been designed to help locate trapped survivors of earthquakes, hurricane’s and more.
In most natural disaster situations, like hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, there are situations where people get trapped without the possibility to get out to safety by themselves. Then is when search and rescue operation teams come at play. Nowadays, most of the search and rescue operations are carried out by humans, needing a lot of specialized manpower and hours of work to look for possible survivors.
After working at Ground Zero on the WTC, Dr. Robin Murphy, Professor of Computer Science at University of South Florida, who was working with search and rescue robots, said:
“Robots proved helpful” ; “Using robots can minimize the number of personnel on site, and reduce the fatigue and errors” ; She sees mobile robots as scouts able to navigate, adapt and perceive. ; ”Robots will be manpackable” ; “so small that they can fit into small subhuman confines, able to tell their orientation as they snake throught open spaces in rubble” ; “…going where no human should go”
For more information on the new modular robot jump over to the Hack A Day website for details by following the link below.