How Bomb Disposal Robots Learn from House Cleaning Robots
You’ve probably been familiar with robots for a long time.
In the past, robots that we’ve seen in movies and on TV were more advanced than the robots we are used to in real life. However, in recent years, reality is starting to catch up with fantasy. Advanced robots that can perform all kinds of tasks are now becoming a reality.
Bomb Disposal Robots
One type of robot that is becoming more widely used are bomb disposal robots.
They can help reduce the risk faced by human crews dealing with improvised explosive devices and mines in war zones and other places where those are threats. Instead of humans risking their lives to deal with bombs, a robot can be the one to go near the bomb or suspicious object and deal with it safely.
Learning from House Cleaning Robots
While bomb disposal robots may seem advanced and high-tech, some of the technologies needed in improving them may have been borrowed from the more common house cleaning robots.
The main technology used in house cleaning robots that can also be used in bomb disposal robots is mapping. This is the same technology used by iClebo robots in order to navigate its way around a room.
The kPAM robot from MIT uses mapping technology in order to learn how to pick up and handle objects that it encounters for the first time. That capability will be very important in cleaning up after an explosion for example.
In some cases of terrorist attacks, a second explosive is a setup to go off, after the first one has exploded to target first responders. By sending out a robot to deal with debris, there is no risk of humans being injured.
As the mapping technology is developed even further, it is not just the bomb disposable or the house cleaning robots that will make use of those, but other types of robots as well.