CHARLI-2 robot dancing Gangnam Style - This humanoid to help fight fires in the future, for now he has learned to dance with style Gangnam Style
Who does not know by now Gangnam Style? The song (or rather, the accompanying video) and accumulated more than 640 million visits, and nearly 5 million "Like" on YouTube, and that's not counting statistics of the different versions that people all over the world has already made the topic. Well, now we have another version: the robot CHARLI-2 of the Navy, who dances like ... Park Jae Sang (PSY), the protagonist of the famous Korean video.
A firefighter cyber stylish
The humanoid robot CHARLI-2 is about five feet tall (5 feet), and is a compendium of technology that the Navy wants to use in fighting the fire (no major fires outdoors, for now, but rather fire located on a boat), by having good stability, balance, and the possibilities that offers freedom of movement. In addition, the robot can be directed very precisely by its sensors and algorithms, which is very useful in a boat lurches and in which the simple use of cameras may be insufficient if the environmental conditions are hostile. It is expected that early next year, CHARLI-2 is able to walk the halls of a boat, and by the end of 2013 to perform in smoky environments.
The future of the fight against localized fires
CHARLI-2 has been created by engineer Dennis Hong, the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech but not the only robot with which the Navy wants to combat threats to security. They also work with Octavia, a robot with articulated arms, each humanoid, and wheels (which in principle is ruled to dance Gangnam Style), ready to smother small fires indoors, thanks to its infrared sensors and fire extinguisher.
It may seem a waste of money to see a robot CHARLI-2 Gangnam Style dancing, but in reality it is more of a demonstration of capabilities of a mere dance. And in that sense, the potential promise of this robot, but would have to ask them what they think American taxpayers video.
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