As the picture shows, what attracted me to the story was the somewhat uncanny resemblance this machine has to Johnny 5, of Short Circuit fame... :-)
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The BBC News Health section today reported on the development of a mobile robot by the US army designed to carry battlefield casualties back to safety. Named the Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot (BEAR), it apparently has a "friendly appearance" to put wounded soldiers at ease. It's not an autonomous robot, with a human operator required, but the construction seems quite impressive - capable of travel over rough terrain, and even stair climbing, whilst carrying people.