Anna Konda: the firefighting snakebot

Anna Konda: the firefighting snakebotSo it seems like firefighters would be the subsequent unfortunate professionals changed by low cost robotic labor, at the least if a snakebot constructed by the Basis for Industrial and Scientific Analysis in Norway (SINTEF) ever makes it into mass manufacturing. Lovingly nicknamed Anna Konda (no rationalization mandatory), the Norwegian bot was assembled utilizing 20 hydraulic motors powered by a daily hearth hose, whose one hundred bars of strain give it sufficient power to interrupt by way of partitions and even carry a automotive proper up off the bottom. Anna consists of ten segments containing angle sensors, two valves, and two motors every — rotating round orthogonal axes and wrapped in a troublesome metal exoskeleton — which might be managed by a pc to assist her maneuver over quite a few forms of terrain. Apart from offering help in harmful conditions like tunnel fires, SINTEF envisions future variations of Anna getting used to find and supply oxygen to earthquake victims or carry out upkeep on underwater oil rigs. The excellent news for human firefighters is that at the least a number of of their conventional duties nonetheless stay past the robosnake’s capabilities — nicely, till it is capable of climb a tree and rescue a stranded cat with out breaking its neck, that’s.

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