Sunday, March 18th 2007

Japanese get another cool robot: a firefighter

Unlike the Japanese tissue dispenser, this robot actually has a helpful purpose to serve. This firefighter goes into burning buildings, searches for people that need rescuing, and rescues them by sucking them into a fire-proof compartment. The robot is remote-controlled, and still requires operators (because robots aren't quite smart enough to grab people with needles on their own yet). However, if firefighter tech keeps advancing the way it is, we may have another job that is completely replaced by machines, dashing the hopes of 4 year old boys everywhere.

Source: Engadget
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19 Comments on Japanese get another cool robot: a firefighter

#1
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
that thing looks retarded
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#2
Fusion
by: Easy Rhino
that thing looks retarded
looks alright imo, i mean it looks like something out of quake 4 when u are going through the level where the nog *think thats right* are sticking bits in u, thats sucking him up to cut him up :roll:
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#3
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Cool. It may look retarded, but the more stuff machines can do the more free us humans are to do what we want and be lazy :D :cool:
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#4
Sh00t1st
turns on the japanese because they built an army of them to replace the firefighters :toast:.
procedes to rip the limbs of those it saves and use those limbs to put out fires.
those are the only posibilitys i see :D jk. its kinda cool, wish we would try with robotics like the japanese do.
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#5
Azn Tr14dZ
It doesn't really look "good", but how can you have something that big look good. It sucks people in and it's fireproof. But...what if you're overweight, and don't fit inside? Do they have sizes?
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#7
J0N
Is it designed to strangle the victims instead of have them burnt?
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#8
zekrahminator
McLovin
by: Fusion
looks alright imo, i mean it looks like something out of quake 4 when u are going through the level where the nog *think thats right* are sticking bits in u, thats sucking him up to cut him up :roll:
That would be the Strogg :p.
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#9
acousticlemur
looks like it is pulling the body in by it's neck!!
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#10
Azn Tr14dZ
by: acousticlemur
looks like it is pulling the body in by it's neck!!
They need to find a way where it won't hurt the person.

Wait, do the firefighters in Japan only wear those bright, orange suits?

Looks like:

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#12
C.Ash
Its the future! Big narly robots roaming about, performing general tasks. are how i imagine the future in japan.. looks like its already here.
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Why come we can never come out with cool things like this?
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#14
Fusion
by: Azn Tr14dZ
It doesn't really look "good", but how can you have something that big look good. It sucks people in and it's fireproof. But...what if you're overweight, and don't fit inside? Do they have sizes?
no, when u r burning to death, you have to try the diffrent sizes to work out which one you fit!

think, all they need is to put machine guns on these and then you could have robo police, well sort of, and bukd an army to march *wheel* on m$
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#15
Fusion
by: zekrahminator
That would be the Strogg :p.
thanks, you know the part of the game i mean then, havent played it for about a year now :S
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#16
Completely Bonkers
I wouldnt want that machine monster coming up a ladder to rescue me from the first floor... (or second...( or third... (or nth))). Or trying to open a closed door in a narrow corridor!!! And when it catches me? I can see I'll have to choose between taking my chances with the fire... or being eaten alive by the machine head-first. I hear the machine PREFERS a cooked lunch... which isn't a good starting point.

SERIOUSLY

Where is the frxxking water hose, etc. How the hxxx is this thing going to climb stairs or get in a lift? How is it going to open doors?

MARKS FOR HOMEWORK 1/10

(One point for the comedy element)
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#17
NamesDontMatter
by: Azn Tr14dZ
They need to find a way where it won't hurt the person.

Wait, do the firefighters in Japan only wear those bright, orange suits?

Looks like:


Lol nice powerranger pic. No they wear silver suits that look very similar to our fire fighter suits except they are silver colored, with samurai lookin helmets.



by: Completely Bonkers
I wouldnt want that machine monster coming up a ladder to rescue me from the first floor... (or second...( or third... (or nth))). Or trying to open a closed door in a narrow corridor!!! And when it catches me? I can see I'll have to choose between taking my chances with the fire... or being eaten alive by the machine head-first. I hear the machine PREFERS a cooked lunch... which isn't a good starting point.

SERIOUSLY

Where is the frxxking water hose, etc. How the hxxx is this thing going to climb stairs or get in a lift? How is it going to open doors?

MARKS FOR HOMEWORK 1/10

(One point for the comedy element)
I agree since in japan rooms, halways, etc are much smaller. This machine could never fit in most japanese apartment buildings (where its intended use is?) I'mean cool and all, but not practical what so ever. And I agree with boonkers if one of these came into a burning building trying to swallow me, I'd take my chances with the fire as opposed to getting cooked in a metal oven.
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#18
ex_reven
a major problem is that during fires that are too dangerous for human firefighters to enter the building, the structure is probably going to be unstable.

So potentially, you could be almost engulfed in fire, when one of these things drives up to you and sucks you to safety. Only for the heavy robot, with you inside to fall through the collapsing concrete floor and send you plunging on a 14 story joy ride. Splat, in a word.

Reminds me of the elevator scene in Speed 1 :D
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#19
Completely Bonkers
Don't worry... that heavy machine will not be on the 14th floor. It's only going to rescue people on the ground floor. (But if they can't already rescue themselves from the ground floor... then I think there are some other problems).

But imagine getting eaten up by one of these machines... only for the remote control to fail... and you get trapped in a mechanical oven surrounded by fire. Only way out? Fireman to come running in with a toolbox and dismantle the beast. Aweful.
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