SAFFiR: U.S. Navy Robot Firefighter


The U.S. Navy Research Laboratory (NRL), along with researchers from Virginia Tech and University of Pennsylvania, have debuted a humanoid robot prototype with numerous sensors that will help fight fires.  The bipedal robot was unveiled, February 4th, 2015, at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO.

The robot is called SAFFiR (Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot) and sports enhanced multi-modal sensors for advanced navigation, cameras, gas sensors, a stereo Infrared camera (to enable navigation through dense smoke), and is battery powered.  Along with sensors, it is also equipped with PEAT (Propelled Extinguishing Agent Technology) grenades to help combat fires.

With drone and robotic technology on the rise, researchers are finding out new and helpful ways machines can augment and/or take over jobs deemed dangerous and hazardous.  Of course, what’s not being talked about are the militaristic implications of such a technology.  As we move forward, we must be aware of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the ripple effect such technology will have to our future generation.

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Andrew Bliss is an award winning film maker and photographer with experience in writing, directing, producing, editing, and visual effects. He has lived all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Italy. He is a first generation Indonesian and a second generation Fin. He has over six years experience as a US Navy broadcast journalist. While in the Navy, he graduated top of his class, won several awards for his work in Europe and Africa, managed Marines at Combat Camera at the Pentagon, and produced a feature film. The film was produced in Italy while on active duty. Prior to serving in the Navy, Andrew was a professional martial artist with numerous awards including Athlete of the Year (1999), International Champion (two years in a row), and was the first competitor to place first in seven events in international competition (two years in a row). He trained with the prestigious Beijing Wushu team and has over ten years experience as a coach and mentor. After serving in the Navy, he taught for Apple, made several award winning short films, and earned a degree in Interactive Design. He is also an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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