by Staff Writers
Malibu, Calif. (UPI) May 25, 2012
Lifeguards in Los Angeles County say they've tested a robot rescue craft that could save struggling swimmers.
Officials of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the remote-controlled rescue robot can be guided through the surf to reach stranded swimmers who can then hold on to the machine until lifeguards arrive.
Mock rescue tests have been conducted in the surf at Zuma Beach in Malibu, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
The prototype robot has been named "Emily" after Emily Rose Shane, 13, who was killed in 2010 after being struck by a car on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Emily was a friend of the robot designer's daughter, officials said.
Additional testing will be conducted before the rescue robot is deployed on local beaches, they said.
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DLR presents innovations in robotics at AUTOMATICA 2012
Bonn, Germany (SPX) May 25, 2012
The Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC) at the German Aerospace Center is exhibiting at AUTOMATICA, the leading international exhibition for automation and mechatronics, which is being held in Munich. A total of 15 exhibits demonstrate some of the cutting-edge research in the current RMC portfolio, including cross-disciplinary areas such as spaceflight robotics, medical robotics and industria ... read more
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