When devastating natural disasters strike, sending in human search and rescue teams can result in even more casualties, as falling debris and unsteady terrain make the area incredibly unsafe. To overcome this, engineers all over the world are developing teams of robots that can assist human first responders or even go it alone. Creating a machine that can overcome all of the obstacles of a disaster zone isn’t easy though, as they will have to be able to move rubble, avoid hazards and break through walls, not to mention tackle stairs and open doors. In Issue 82 of How It Works discover all of the challenges rescue robots will have to face, and meet the ‘bots that are already prepared to come to our rescue.
Also in this issue:
The 10 most dangerous job in the world, and how science and tech are making them safer
Camera tech: Exposing the inner workings of your digital camera
Amazon – from click to delivery: Take a look inside the online retailer’s warehouses
Extreme truckers: Discover how man and machine conquer the deadliest roads on Earth