Thermite Fights Fires
Brothers Geoffrey and Michael Howe build robots for the military and decided that there was a need for one that fights fires. The Thermite weighs 1,400 pounds, stands about 4 feet tall and moves on a track for now. Running on diesel, it has video and infrared cameras so it can be remotely operated.
Geoffrey calls it the "Swiss Army knife of robotic responses" since it can operate with various attachments, like a hydraulic arm for saving humans. After spending a couple of years testing the firebot, the twins have already sold a couple of them and we hope more adoptions will take place in the future.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 14, 2012 11:10 AM