Firefighting Robot Saves The Day, Creeps Everyone Out in the Process
By Chris Brandrick
Sure, Siri may be able to help you find a nearby coffee shop or plan your daily meetings, but can it put out a very real fire? We thought not. Enter Octavia, a robot developed by the US Navy that can help extinguish blazes.
The fire-fighting bot will respond to a series of voice commands and gesture inputs, which it then translates so it can set off on its fire-fighting mission.
The video below shows the creepy-faced robot in action:
Although the robot is still in development, we can’t help but think that, in a real-world sceanario, the current bot move a little too slowly, and might not be able to respond appropriately to a panicked human. However, as the video suggests, the researchers hope that Octavia will eventually be able to move “shoulder-to-shoulder” with humans.