U.S. Navy Developing Human-Like Fire Fighting Robot

The Naval Research Lab is developing a robot that will respond to human commands in order to stop fires.


The U.S. Navy unveiled a robot Wednesday that will be designed to help battle fires on board naval vessels by listening and responding to human commands and interactions.

A video shows "Octavia," a U.S. Naval Research Lab project, recognizing heat using infrared cameras, along with its ability to fight fires with attached components containing water and compressed air.

Researchers at NRL say the robot is still a work in progress, and are fine-tuning components that will allow Octavia to respond to human signals, such as pointing. Scientists are also working on the robot's ability to understand voice cues.

The NRL also says the robot will be capable of walking in all directions, balancing in sea conditions, and climbing over obstacles.