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Tie me automaton down, sport

发布时间:2019-03-07 14:03:12来源:未知点击:

By Duncan Graham-Rowe in Orlando MARSUPIALS have inspired student robot builders at the University of South Florida in Tampa to build a search-and-rescue robot that carries a mini robot in its “pouch”. The 2-metre-long robot, called Silver Bullet, looks like a scaled-down jeep. Armed with a thermal imaging camera, it will clamber over rubble in disaster areas such as earthquake-hit cities, looking for survivors. When lack of space means it can go no further, the robot deploys its offspring, a small tracked robot called Bujold, from its internal hideaway. “The problem with small robots and rovers is that they don’t have much battery power,” says Robin Murphy who oversaw the student project. The students’ solution was to borrow another biological trick: an umbilical cord. Bujold remains tethered to its mothership by a cable that delivers all its power and communication needs. The robot has performed well in mock rescue scenarios. The team now plans to add sound-locating technology,