Saturday, March 20, 2010

Emergency Robot Is Wearable, Opens Doors

A Japanese robot manufacturer called BL Autotec has developed a remote-controlled robot hand that can grip and turn doorknobs. Once connected to a emergency robot, it can safely open doors at disaster sites. Imagine being able to open the door of a collapsed building without putting humans in danger.

The hand has a built-in CCD camera and an LED light so it can be operated remotely in dark areas. With four shafts, the hand can move up to 1m. It’s also able to move hazardous materials and rubble.

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