Thermite, the robot for firefighting
Although it may seem removed from the plot of a film or a novel of science fiction, robots are increasingly present in real applications and prison officers exercising , driving our cars or think could patrol our streets . Gradually, automata and robots have been introduced in the industry and many other areas to assist us in our work or directly replace humans in heavy or dangerous tasks. fire suppression is a very risky activity in which, for some time, also shuffled the use of robots and where a company specializing in the development of heavy vehicles has presented the Thermite , a robot for firefighting that the firefighters avoid being in “first line”.
Howe and Howe Technologies , the company behind the project, has developed a complete set of robots to work in the fire where we can find a robot “observation” (called Eagle Eye), a robot with a mechanical arm (called Guardian) and, most interestingly, a robot to place on the front line when it comes to putting out a fire: the Thermite.
The Thermite is a robot of about five feet high, which is able to pump about 160 liters of water per minute and throw under pressure against the flames of a fire, becoming the first commercial robot specialized in this type of tasks. The robot, which at first glance may seem like a small armored vehicle is made of steel and aluminum with the idea that resists any environment, including an emergency situation at a chemical plant or nuclear and managed remotely from a control center.
The idea is that, in conjugation with the other robots, firefighters have a roster of solutions that avoid direct exposure to danger and able to practice, making use of such systems, in the case of Thermite, is priced at $96,000, or nearly 75,000 euros. At first glance it does not seem too high an investment ($96,000) when compared to the advantages, for example, to protect rescuers and provide direct support in emergency situations.Tags: fire, robotics, Thermite, Video