Flying robots swoop and swarm as a team
Tech-savvy TED-goers watched in wonder as flying robots darted through tossed hoops, worked together in swarms and even formed a band to play trademark "James Bond" film theme music.
Team robot: Autonomous vehicles collaborate to explore, map buildings
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a project sponsored by the Army Research Laboratory, researchers are giving autonomous robots the ability to work together to explore and map the interiors of buildings. Beyond soldiers, ...
Maine company unveils high-tech SWAT team robot
A Maine company that's developed manned and unmanned tanks with names like "Ripsaw" and "Riptide" for the military and Hollywood filmmakers has unveiled a new contraption—a high-tech police shield that ...
Robots to spur economy, improve quality of life, keep responders safe
Robots are being used more widely than expected in a variety of sectors, and the trend is likely to continue with robotics becoming as ubiquitous as computer technology over the next 15 years.
In disaster, Google and Twitter become tech first responders
The first wave of terror struck shortly before 3 p.m. on a Friday.
Google urges governments to share disaster data
Google on Monday urged governments to get better at sharing information to allow citizens and first responders to make better use of the Internet during natural disasters.
Lessons learned from Japan's earthquake applicable for hurricanes, other natural disasters
The importance of knowing your neighbors and taking warnings seriously are just two of the life-saving lessons that can be learned from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan six months ago, says a Purdue University ...
Study shows first responders will report to duty, but need assistance with family matters
Headlines screamed in the days following Hurricane Katrina: Police Quitting, Overwhelmed by Chaos. Pundits squawked about the flight of the "notoriously corrupt" New Orleans police force. City and emergency ...
10 years later, NY responders communicate better
(AP) -- On Sept. 11, 2001, as firefighters rushed into the smoldering twin towers, their radios went dead. Police on the scene couldn't hear orders from their superiors. And none of the agencies responding ...
White House seeks spectrium for public safety
(AP) -- The Obama administration is throwing its support behind a plan to give a valuable chunk of radio waves to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers to build nationwide wireless broadband network ...
US to modernize 911 emergency service
During the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, desperate students attempted to text the 911 emergency service.
Go-anywhere tracking of first responders with WIISARD radio-frequency system
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, are hoping that a device the size of a business card will one day reduce the toll of human lives in disaster situations.
Improving emergency evacuation planning with decision-making simulation
A unique disaster-response planning tool takes real-time human decision-making into account to determine effective law-enforcement strategies during evacuations. A University of Michigan researcher contributed to the development ...
Robot provides 3-D images of dangerous locations
(PhysOrg.com) -- Soldiers and first responders may soon have a better way to evaluate the interior of dangerous structures, thanks to a joint project between Missouri University of Science and Technology and ...