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US Navy develops C-3PO style robot

By T.K. Randall
October 16, 2012 · Comment icon 16 comments



Image Credit: CC 2.0 Jiuguang Wang
The Star Wars inspired robot has been designed to assist in fighting fires and to throw grenades.
Known as ASH ( Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid ), the humanoid robot would help out on warships and could prove invaluable in the event of a fire as it is able to operate in smoke-filled environments. With human-like movements ASH is able to climb ladders and can even read human gestures using infrared cameras and sensors on its face. It would also be able to hold and operate a number of fire extinguishing tools.

"It is walking now and will start testing on a Navy ship early next year but that does not mean that it is complete," said Professor Dennis Hong. "It still needs a lot of things done, such as protection against heat and flames, sensors, navigation and fire-fighting behaviours."
ASH or Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid will have the capacity to operate in smoke-filled areas, climb ladders and react to human gestures with the help of infrared cameras and sensors on its 'face'.


Source: Herald Sun | Comments (16)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by MJNYC 10 years ago
LOL Pest! I'm heading for the "Galactica!"
Comment icon #8 Posted by Chooky88 10 years ago
Get them to fight wars. We already have drones. The first country to go broke admits defeat. Which is what happens to all losing countries when they lose a war (US in Vietnam excepted) gets heaps of benefits from the winners. Ie. Germany Japan Iraq etc. Nobody gets hurt. The winners get pride the lovers get money and the war machine gets to make and sell more robots and drones for profit. Don't forget the entertainment value of all that bloodless fighting. There you go. World Peace without the boredom. Someone award me a Nobel!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Chooky88 10 years ago
Losers not lovers. Sorry typing on my phone.
Comment icon #10 Posted by ColoradoParanormal 10 years ago
And it starts... Did we as a society not learn anything from great films such as Terminator, I-Robot, etc??? Our impending doom is just around the corner! lol j/k Thinking we're going to be alright and this "project" is just another in a long line of a massive waste of funding. As was said earlier, this type of engineering and robotics should be used to help humans in need. I know I know, it's the military, but, I am a military man and I still feel this is a major waste of funding and funding spent in the wrong manor.
Comment icon #11 Posted by JeffRobinson 10 years ago
awesome !!!!!! Im in love
Comment icon #12 Posted by Mantis914 10 years ago
C3PO was designed for protocol and etiquette, not lobbing grenades. I often wonder how Anakin Skywalker as a kid designed a robot as complex as C3PO when kids that age don't have any sense of etiquette... and don't say "it's only a movie" I'm quite aware of that...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
C3PO was designed for protocol and etiquette Thanks for clearing that up Mantis. I couldn't ever imagine Threepio throwing a grenade. If you are looking for a how 'Anakin done it' answer, I would say Threepio is a generic protocol droid, he just put him together from spare parts and probably chose some popular 'personality' software and gave it a bit of a tweak... That is one answer, the other answer is that Lucas had disappeared so far up his own backside he decided sensible continuity was not necessary for one of the biggest film sagas in cinema history and just started making things up as h... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Realm 10 years ago
C3PO was cool. a chicken no less, but cool.
Comment icon #15 Posted by ashven 10 years ago
Mantis C3P0 is the most camp robot ever i think,so why did Anakin think of that at such a tender age and why are you saying its only a movie,you telling me now its not historical?? Say it ain't so.........lol
Comment icon #16 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
Mantis C3P0 is the most camp robot ever i think,so why did Anakin think of that at such a tender age Kids like camp, look at some kids TV presenters, makes perfect sense to me. you telling me now its not historical?? Say it ain't so.........lol Noooooooooooooooooooo!


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