A Closer Look At Personal Service Robots
is right next to a fire fighting training
center. Personnel from around the world
who have attended customized rescue
scenarios say Disaster City makes the sets
at Universal Studios Hollywood look
“While rescue robots aren’t perfect,
they are “good enough” to be used. I see
the future of rescue robotics as the
confluence of two streams: One is about
continuing to improve the technology, the
other making the technology available. To
paraphrase the old saying, a rescue robot in
the responder’s hands immediately is worth
two in a lab around the world,”
commented Dr. Murphy.
FIGURE 7. Charlie with HealthBots Rebecca,
Bruce, and Elizabeth, Univ. of Auckland.
designed to simulate various levels of disaster and
wreckage which can be customized for the specific
training needs of any group.” A carefully-prepared
hodge-podge of wrecked buildings, rubble and
anything else one can imagine is used to train
rescue personnel, as well as test rescue robots. It
A Robot Nurse and
It appears that researchers in Auckland, New
Zealand are taking autonomous medical robotics a
bit past the Da Vinci surgical robots. The balancing
FIGURE 8. Murata — robot nurse.
FIGURE 9. CMU’s SnackBot.
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