Here is a robot developed for military search-and-rescue missions that can negotiate terrain that's too dangerous for people. Designed by Vecna Robotics , the "Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot" or "BEAR," is an agile, powerful mobile robot capable of lifting and carrying an injured human. It's equipped with hydraulic arms that can support injured soldiers with full battle gear (weighing up to 500 lbs), a gyro system and tracked base with road wheels and joints to give it maximum mobility. It can move in a "standing," "kneeling" or even a "prone" position to climb steep slopes and travel over rough terrain. The photos below demonstrate its uses for hospice, medical and logistics support (i.e., loading and offloading supplies from trucks, etc). Add a kevlar skin to this robot, an autonomous drive that doesn't rely on humans to drive it remotely, and this technology has the real potential to revolutionize battlefield recovery and combat search and rescue (CSAR)!
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