Friday, August 13, 2010

Vecna Robotics BEAR

We have to build good robot us's to fight the evil robot us's!

I think this is terrific! Anything that can help our military boys safe is alright by me!

 Designed to locate, lift and rescue people in harm's way, the humanoid BEAR can do what humans can't: lift heavy loads and carry them long distances. Whether on a battlefield, in a mine shaft, near a toxic chemical spill, or inside a structurally-compromised building after an earthquake, the BEAR can rescue those in need without risking additional human life.
The Vecna Robotics™ BEAR project has won key funding from the US Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), a part of the US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC).

The BEAR's™ technology is a marriage of three elements: A powerful upper body controlled by hydraulics; an agile mobility platform that features two independent sets of tracked "legs;" and dynamic balancing behavior. The robot is able to balance itself while on the balls of its "ankles." In fact, the BEAR can remain upright whether balancing on its ankles, its knees, or even its hips.

The BEAR is currently in proof-of-concept development stage. A prototype of the BEAR has been built and outfitted with a powerful torso and arms, together with a dynamic balancing system on its unique tracked legs. Together, the robot prototype has been able to demonstrate standing while holding a fully-weighted human mannequin, and carrying the mannequin around in its arms while dynamically balanced in an upright position. The robot has also stood up from a kneeling position to look over walls, or to lift its payload onto a high shelf.

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