The website Design News has a short article about a semi-autonomous robot that was developed at the University of California at San Diego to help firefighters. The article includes a short video about the robot.
The robot, called Firefighting Robot (FFR), rolls on two wheels like a Segway, and enters burning buildings to take temperature readings and map out the area before firefighters enter.
This is another interesting example of robots being used for search and rescue work. Fortunately I have the summer off, but next semester I plan to use the information about various robots for a lesson on innovation in our lives. Maybe my students will be creative enough to come up with more ideas about how robots can be used in this way. We can also compare the robots that have been developed for various types of rescue work and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.