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On the Beach: Remote Controlled Lifeguards

August 17, 2012
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Think of a lifeguard and you might conjure up images of sunburned teenagers working their first summer jobs. But a new and relatively inexpensive lifesaving device could change that.

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AP (Mar. 16, 2015) — A Chilean company is hoping drone technology can help save lives. Drones fitted with a float, camera, microphone and speaker are being tested on the beaches of Algarrobo to help lifeguards rescue bathers who get into difficulties in the sea. (March 16) Video provided by AP
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Cyborg Cockroaches Could Scout Dangerous Areas

Cyborg Cockroaches Could Scout Dangerous Areas

Newsy (Oct. 18, 2013) — Researchers say remote-controlled cockroaches could help first responders map out collapsed buildings.
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Fukushima Disaster Tests Mettle of Local Robot Makers

Fukushima Disaster Tests Mettle of Local Robot Makers

Reuters (Dec. 28, 2012) — Despite being recognized as a world leader in robot design, Japan is playing catch-up to develop robots capable of dealing with the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Authorities have had to rely on American-made machines to assess the damage inside the reactors. But now the country's big three manufacturers are building their own versions of durable, remote-controlled robots for hazardous environments.
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Turtle Power Emerges From Shell in South Korea

Turtle Power Emerges From Shell in South Korea

Reuters (May 12, 2013) — Remote-controlled turtles are being studied as a potential tool for espionage and surveillance. Scientists in South Korea say they have been able to control the walking paths of live turtles by attaching blinders to their shells, a simple, non-invasive technology that could prompt the animals to go where humans can't. Rob Muir has more.
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