Enryu rescue robot in action:
"A chainsaw-wielding robotic submarine is roving beneath Lois Lake in British Columbia, Canada. It is chopping down a forest that was left submerged decades ago when the valley was flooded by a hydroelectric dam. After it cuts the trees, they are floated to the surface, where they are dried out and sold to mills for use in furniture and construction, like any other lumber.
Trees left standing in flooded forests die, but they do not rot because the water keeps out oxygen. Worldwide, some 200 million trees are thought to be standing on the floor of hydropower reservoirs."
"Robot venture Tmsuk yesterday held a press day to officially launch and demonstrate its massive tractor-with-arms rescue robot, Enryu. See Enryu rip the door off a perfectly good car! See Enryu pick up a steel girder with one hand! etc.
"The impression we get from the videos is that it's rather a sluggish beast, though it turns out this is deliberate [...] The original settings had the robot arms moving at the same pace as the operator's, resulting in a lot of dangerous high-speed flailing about that would have made it impossible to use at the scene of an accident. This is a creature that can lift half a ton with one arm, mind. The arms now track the operator's movements at a slower speed, though they do stop immediately the operator does."
- Enryu! Rip door off! 1.5 MB MPEG, 464k WMV
- Door stuck on Enryu hand! 1.8MB MPEG
- Driving: 439k WMV
- Remote cockpit: 368kb MPEG
- Steel girder with one hand! 1.3MB MPEG
It's about freaking time you posted this.
I posted Enryu in January (but now there's video!) I didn't post about Sawfish before because I hadn't seen any pictures of it until now.
exactly.. when i read about this the other day on another site.. I just knew it would show up here eventually..
That's great. The kanji that make up the name "enryu" effectively mean, "Help[ing/er/ful] Dragon"
I got the story from Yahoo, which said it means "rescue dragon". I think your translation sounds better, though.
I read somewhere a while ago that the long-submerged tree market is pretty lucrative. The context I read was retrieving trees that had sunk during normal logging activities. Apparently this is basically "vintage timber" that you just can't find anywhere - large, old-growth wood that's impossible to find nowadays due to over harvesting, blight, and the like.
I saw something on TV (aiee! the dreaded idiotbox!) a while back about a local startup that's harvesting sunken logs from the Ottawa river here in Ontario. This seemed to involve a diver attaching airbags or something to the logs instead of a deadly robot avenger...
from the steel girder clip, I think we finally know who is behind the rash of SoMa car window smashings.
My minions are finally infiltrating your puny human culture.
I had long wondered what reason mankind would find to put chainsaws on robots [more formidible than battle-bots]. It was an inevitable conclusion to the existence of technology that allows robots and chainsaws.
Now... if only these underwater dead-forests had underwater dead-squaarrl, we'd have a good reason to put shotguns on sawbot... (leading to the inevitable conclusion that I'm a titanic geek and want an AshBot).
You sort of like hearing yourself speak, don't you...
Uh, which of those words do you think I wrote?
But you did make my point.
Although you are quite good at censoring comments, no?
I'm good at lots of things. Including not knowing who you are or caring why you're bothering to "share" with me. *plonk*