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It’s armoured. It’s fireproof. It has GPS capabilities so it can be trusted to be left on its own. It is the OLE fire-fighting robot machine!
Staff at the German University of Magdeburg-Stendal created the thing, covering it with fire-resistant ceramic fibre to keep its internals cool…
Their primary purpose in life is to fight forest fires.
Officially called OLE, they could theoretically run at 20-30 kmh, feature ceramic coating to protect them from temperatures of up to 1,300 degrees Celcius, and are able to retract their legs when they sense danger (like being barbecued, for example).
A team of 30 of these concept robots could cover an area of forest as large as 4,400 square miles. Unfortunately, they don’t currently exist, and there’s no clue yet when, or if, they will.
I don’t know what OLE stands for, but it’s probably in German. Any ideas?
(Via Bot Junkie)