Tmsuk T52 Enryu Support Dragon Hyper Rescue Robot

Enryu, a rescue robot capable of lifting steel girders and tearing the doors off cars, was demonstrated to the press yesterday.

The robot is guided by an operator who wears a telefactoring gauntlet; the robot arms mimic the actions of the human operator.

Science fiction fans know that the telefactoring device, or waldo, was invented by Robert Heinlein and featured in his 1942 story Waldo"

"He was dressed conventionally enough in shorts and singlet, except that his feet were bare. His hands and forearms were covered by metallic gauntlets - primary waldoes...

He switched to the great waldoes with hands the size of a man's body. With one giant waldo he hauled from the stock pile a quarter-inch steel plate, held it up, and shook it. A booming rumble. He took it in both waldoes, bent it double. The metal buckled unevenly. Convulsively he crumpled it like wastepaper between the two huge palms." (More...)

Read more about Search and Rescue Robots; also, go see Enryu Rescue Robot in Action. Watch the brief (1.5 Mb) Enryu Robot Removes Car Door video.

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