Vecna BEAR Rescue Robot

Posted 9 May 2007 at 17:13 UTC by steve Share This

Tom Atwood of Robot magazine wrote to let us know about a new article posted on their website that's loaded with photos and diagrams of the Vecna Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot (BEAR). The BEAR is a rescue robot designed to extact injured people from dangerous situations where human rescue teams can't reach them. Possible uses include extracting people from "buildings rendered unsafe due to fire, mudslide or explosion, as well as areas contaminated with biological or chemical toxins or nuclear radiation." It can also extract wounded soldiers from battlefields, which explains why the Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center is funding development.

Interesting, posted 10 May 2007 at 04:37 UTC by Daniel Casner » (Journeyer)

BEAR looks like a really nifty robot. The tracked legs system is an extremely cool, outside the box idea, especially coupled with dynamic balancing on any of the three joints. I would like to see more details on the robot actually in action though. Rather than quotes about what it will be able to do in the future.

Tracked legs, posted 10 May 2007 at 08:29 UTC by motters » (Master)

I also liked the tracked legs idea, since you get the best of both worlds - efficient movement on flat surfaces and also the ability to step over obstacles with legs.

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