A humanoid rescue robot with a jetpack will help to escape from a natural disaster. The creators of this cute “Iron Boy” hope to test it in the air soon.
Robots are slowly but surely leaving the comfortable and predictable laboratories in which they were developed and out into the real world.
Here completely new difficulties await them, first of all, physical obstacles such as steps, randomly located objects blocking the path, or simply an uneven road.
To solve the urgent problem of moving a robot from point A to point B, robotics have developed a number of devices and techniques: from rotors with which the robot can overcome obstacles through the air, to performing back flips, which would be the envy of the world stars of rhythmic gymnastics.
During this time, Daniele Pucci, head of the Artificial and Mechanical Intelligence Lab at the Italian Institute of Technology, took another daring move: equipping a humanoid rescue robot he and his colleagues called the iRonCub with a jetpack similar to Iron Man, a character in popular Marvel comics.
The developers hope to one day launch their “iron cub” rescue robot into the sky using a jetpack.
Pucci’s team believes that such systems could one day be used as a means of rapid response to natural disasters that kill tens of thousands of people around the world every year.
There are more and more prototypes of such rescue robots every year. Their designs are very diverse: they are humanoid (humanoid) and four-legged (the so-called robotic dogs), flying (for example, copters) and ground (rovers).
As witty Italians believe, when it comes to responding to natural disasters, humanoid rescue robots will have an edge over other designs. The developers believe that iRonCub and the like will find it easier to “survive” in a world built for human needs.
Airborne humanoid robots can walk, fly, manipulate and move objects. Such systems are perfectly adapted to the tasks of responding to emergency situations, Daniele and his team are convinced.
Quadrocopters equipped with a robotic arm have similar qualities, but, for example, strong winds can interfere with their work. In addition, flying robots need to learn to control skillfully so that they can successfully cope with the assigned tasks.
The creators of iRonCub believe that humanoid flying robots can become a link between “heaven and earth” and help other robotic machines do their jobs better. And not only cars. Also, the developers are full of hope that their robot will start hiring soon. It can be either an ordinary sale, or buying a robot, or hiring a robot for work.
“I truly believe that aerial humanoid robotics can be used as an experimental platform for flying exoskeletons,” Pucci said. “The recent successful story of Richard Browning shows that the idea of futuristic movable exoskeletons is technically feasible. we can use flying humanoid robots to speed up this process and help avoid multiple human trials. “