Researcher Robin Murphy studies robot-human interactions, including during disaster scenarios, using helper robots like this "Disaster Buddy."
Credit: Texas A&M University
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A research team at Texas A&M University is taking the "creep" out of search and rescue robots by providing them with a multimedia "head" that can better interact with victims.
Credit: Dena Headlee, National Science Foundation/Texas A&M University
Survivor Buddy is a joint project between Texas A&M and Stanford Universities to develop a Web-enabled search and rescue robot that can be retrofitted to any rescue robot. This video discusses some of the relevant details, as well as demonstrates the early functionality of the 2.0 design.