Navy's humanoid robot will put out ship fires like a Terminator

You knew the day was coming when the military would start rolling out humanoid battle robots, but you might not have expected it to come so soon. In this case the robot's enemy will be shipboard fire emergencies, but let's be honest, that's just the start.

The Naval Research Laboratory's Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) will be designed to interact with people as well as fight fires on military ships. Equipped with advanced navigation, a gas sensor and a stereo IR camera, the robot's upper body will allow it to use fire suppressors and throw extinguishing agent technology (PEAT) grenades. The developers are even giving the robot the ability to understand hand signals, such as those that might be issued by a military team leader.

Everything about this says "stealth robot assault unit," but we'll take the Navy at its word that SAFFiR will be limited to emergency fire missions, and not enslaving the human race the moment globally networked computers become self-aware. You can check out the robot's progress so far in the gallery below.

Via DefenseTech & Romela

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