• 08.19.11

Six Rescue Robots That Could Save Your Life

If you’re ever trapped in a mine or hurt after an earthquake, these are the helpful machines that may come to your rescue.

The just-announced Gemini-Scout robot, a product of Sandia Labs, can withstand explosions, crawl over boulders, find its way through 18 inches of water, and navigate through rubble piles. With these skills, the bot can deliver food, air packs, and medicine to miners trapped underground before human rescue teams can arrive. The robot, which measures less than four feet long and two feet tall, can also assess potential hazards for future rescue teams, who can lead the bot with a rigged Xbox 360 game controller.

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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.