Discovery news has a story about robot that runs over water. From the article:
em>A robot that can speed across the surface of water like a lizard could open the door for multi-legged amphibious robots.
The Water Runner, being developed by assistant professor Metin Sitti at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, could search for victims in flooded disaster areas, be equipped with biochemical sensors to monitor water quality, or use tiny cameras to survey coastline security zones or ports.
It got very good applications. Read the completer article here
A remarkable, if slightly creepy, tree-climbing robot is being developed by robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon and several other US Universities.
The video is here.
More info can be found at new scientist blog “Obviously such a robots could have plenty of useful applications, in search-and-rescue and space exploration, for example.”
Ok the safe return of Discovery and its crew gives a sigh of relief to everyone. But one question remained unanswered was it necessary to risk the astronauts in the first place? Ok space technology is essential but sending human in space… I don’t think so it was necessary. We have lots of remote devices/tool such as robots that can be used.
Getting knowledge of universe it essential (especially when you are considered as advanced and successful if you are leader in space technology) in long term and one can surly use the technology to replace human in danger places like this.
I’m also against president kalam view to send an Indian on the moon. C’mon Mr. President, we have more to fix than this *stupid* idea of sending an Indian out there. Please fix or create new technology that can forecast earth quakes, tsunamis and floods warning. Please don’t waste money of honest tax payers on this and if you really would like to send an Indian there then start with robots!
I will be interested to get more views from others.