As Japan reels from a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck Friday afternoon, technology is helping survivors connect with loved ones and keeping the rest of the world informed. Google launched a version of its Person Finder service so people can search for loved ones or post an update letting others know they’re safe. And others are posting crisis platforms and interactive maps with up-to-date warnings.
Equipped with “inchworm” motors and sonar, and built with MEMS processes, tiny inspecto-bots will scurry and fly, performing investigations for their human controllers.
By David PescovitzPosted 05.08.2004 at 5:50 pm 0 Comments
Bugs can go places that humans can’t; they cooperate better than almost any other organism; some of them can even fly. It’s those desirable traits that are driving robotics toward a future that looks more like A Bug’s Life than The Jetsons.
Within a decade or so, swarms of mechatronic bugs outfitted with sensors and wireless transceivers will likely be burrowing through the rubble of buildings to search for earthquake survivors and scrabbling over the hull of a spacecraft to repair damage inflight.