Search and Rescue Mini Robots
We have all watched in horror at the devastation and amazement at the rescue efforts in Haiti. The Electrical Engineering Department at UC Berkeley has created inexpensive mini-robots to help quickly locate survivors of disasters without jeopardizing the lives of rescuers. Kind of like the spidery fictional robots in the movie Minority Report (but benevolent).
A prototype robot called Dash is made of simple materials, including cardboard and plastic. It’s heart comes from the remote control toy industry. The next generation of Dash will be equipped with heat sensors, cameras, microphones and speakers.