I, for one, welcome our firefighting robot masters

"KITAKYUSHU, Japan -- This is not a mechanical robot hero in a Japanese comic book but a prototype rescue robot named T522 Enryu that is unveiled at a new year's annual fire brigades' drill in Kitakyushu, southern Japan. Co-developed for the last three years, the 11-foot-tall, about five-ton robot can be operated manually by a man aboard it as well as remote control and lift heavy objects that weigh up to about one ton with its two arms that move like ones of a human. The developers plan to improve the robot to be used in rescue operations at the actual disaster sites by the end of this year. (01/11/04 AP photo)"

8 Responses:

  1. suppafly says:

    now they just need to clone a little girl to drive it.

    • fzou says:

      And a network of subterranean storage facilities that the robots can rise out of in times of emergency or Genesis theme parties.

      That would be fun, though, to see lots of firefighting robots coming out of the ground on a long street, one after the other.

  2. jc says:

    That really doesn't look like it could withstand the impact of falling, possibly burning debris.

  3. lars_larsen says:

    This reminds me of an idea I had when battlebots first came out. I don't want to see a couple of glorified remote control cars run into eachother.

    I want to see 2 backhoes, or bulldozers, or whatever fighting it out. Get rid of the audience (safety is a pain) and let them duke it out in the desert someplace.

    I've always wanted a "Loader" from the movie aliens. We're getting there. :)

  4. kyronfive says:

    Oh my god it's ED209.

  5. roninspoon says:

    Sweet holy hell. Who do I make the check out to?

  6. rurouni22 says:

    WHOA!! Where can I get one?!!! =D