Source: firefighter for over 8 years, attend hundreds of structural fires, tens of 5+ alarms, few of them in historical buildings.
I was wondering about the robot's water stream being used to keep things currently not burning from starting on fire. Do you think this would be used to hose down relics they were trying to protect from the rest of the blaze or is that not even considered when trying to get it under control?
Apart from the video aspect, wouldn't the Colossus' water stream help them achieve that: creating a path for them to intervene and potentially escape ?
The yearly forest fires in California seem to be difficult to control. A robotic army of firefighters might help?
Not everything has to be fixed by technology and controlled by humans.
It can't all be fixed and controlled, but "letting nature take its course" would have disastrous consequences at this point.
I didn't say we should stop the forest fires, I said we want to control them. Almost 100 people died in California last year and there was $3.5 billion in damage:
Same problem with Texas and floods, Florida and hurricanes, &c. building in risk zones is inherently dangerous. The people who died knew the risks.
The entire roof is in ashes and there doesn't appear to be anything combustible left.
They had guys in the tower, protecting that.
They also literally grabbed and ran out with a lot of rather delicate cultural artifacts.
Given that both drones were owned by branches of the French government, it's possible that they already had their geofencing permanently disabled, at least within France.
Edit: Oops - not flying - so this comment makes no sense. I thought you meant some of the bird-like drones we've seen.
Following that logic, the best way to fight a fire is to get a lot of people in the building to breathe in all the oxygen and turn it into carbon dioxide ;-)
A more extreme version, using explosives to put out oil well fires, is common.
But we're really discussing the inverse prospect, adding oxygen to make a fire hotter. This is even more common. From blowing on camp fires, to bellows in a forge, to back yard foundries built with a hair dryer acting as a fan.
If you take an architecture developed for warehouse running, you'd naturally have to adapt it for fire fighting. If you're not assuming that this sort of re-engineering needs to be done for a shirtsleeves R&D device being applied to the demanding context of fire fighting, then please think 1 or 2 more steps ahead when engineering.
In short: I'm trying to talk about some specific modifications to an existing example and its effect on maneuvering, as a shorthand to discuss a general architecture, not all of the contextual specifics. I would be open to discussing how the contextual specifics would be applied, but to go directly to, "won't work -- specifics!..." is just throwing up roadblocks to be a pedant.
to say nothing of its ability to navigate a floor strewn with (burning) debris
Which is why I mentioned the bogey and extra wheels as in the iBot.
Impressive thing. 8h autonomy, can go up stairs.
Now we need for other “offline“ countries to join to increase global innovation.