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EMILY Electric Remote-controlled Motorized Rescue Buoy

Designed and manufactured by Arizona-based Hydronalix, EMILY (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard) is an electric remote-controlled motorized rescue buoy that can reportedly be deployed in 30 seconds. With the top speed of 24mph, EMILY is able to reach a troubled swimmer much faster than a human would be able to. EMILY is powered by a Jet Ski-style impeller that sucks water in from the front and shoots it out the back. Once it reaches the troubled swimmer, EMILY’s shore-based operator is able to communicate with them via an onboard camera and two-way radio system. Weighing at 24 pounds (11 kg), the basic version of EMILY can travel at maximum speed for up to 15 minutes, and has an RF range of up to one mile (1.6 km). Hydronalix sells EMILYs for US$3,500 each. [Product Page via Gizmag]

Daiwa House Crawlspace Robot

by Johan on October 24, 2010

Daiwa House Industry today announced a new crawlspace inspection robot namely the “Moogle”. Measuring 50cm x 30cm x 24cm and weighing 13 Kg, the “Moogle” comes jam packed with a couple of cameras (a wide-angle CMOS camera for driving and a CCD camera for inspections), LED inspection lights in three levels of brightness, and four continuous-track crawlers. This robot can be controlled from a laptop via Wi-Fi. The Daiwa House “Moogle” will be launched in April 2011. We will keep you posted. [Akihabara]

If you are bored with your Roomba, then check out the Samsung VC-PL62W. It is a unique robot vacuum cleaner that features a built-in surveillance camera. The VC-PL62W is an upgrade version of the Tango that was released in South Korea last year. Samsung’s video security robot vacuum cleaner is now available in South Korea for 799,000 Won ($684). Read more

Robot Hand H-Type Looks Real

by Johan on August 13, 2010

The Robot Hand H-Type from Squse features movable polycarbonate “bones” that are covered with a very realistic looking fleshtone silicon rubber. This robotic limb is powered by 22 actuators with 16 joints, giving it a certain degree of realism in its movements. Watch the video after the jump to get more details. Read more

C.R.A.B. Robot

by Johan on August 1, 2010

Designer Jamie Martin has creatively designed the C.R.A.B (Cybernetic Autonomous Remote Barricade) Droid. It is the most advanced robotic defence system that features the next-generation weaponry and armour protection. The advanced robotics technology behind the C.R.A.B.’s artificial intelligence has been secretly developed over the past 12 years as a joint venture between weapons manufacturer Dalton/Stanley and Omni Consumer Products. Watch the video after the jump to get more details. Read more