Giant Spider Bot to the Rescue
This 18 feet wide 8 feet tall robotic spider is the brain child of Industrial Designer Marcos Nolan from the University of Washington. The bulletproof robot is designed for high risk rescue operations in dangerous areas and war zones. Using its 10 lifting arms the giant spider can grab an injured person and carry it to safety.
The concept of medical robots isn’t new (TFOT only recently reported the development of a new robotic surgeon). Robotic medevac isn’t a new concept as well and DARPA along with other organizations are currently studying the subject. It was proposed that medevac robots could be based on either existing or future models such as the four legged BigDog. After the Second Lebanon war in the summer of 2006, the Israeli army started showing a growing interest in flying medevac robots which can replace manned helicopters which risked the life of Israeli pilots time and time again during the war to evacuate wounded soldiers from the front line.
The Elios RescueBot as it is known is currently just a concept and might stay that way, but medevac robots wheeled, legged or flying will enter service in the next few years and help save soldiers on the front lines.
More images of Elios RescueBot from Marcos Nolan website
Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.