Miniature robots will help rescuers in natural disasters

DARPA, participating in the creation of the Internet, launched a soil program for the development and commissioning of the next generation of miniature robots to respond to natural disasters.

The ShRIMP program provides for the creation of microelectromechanical systems that can move through the drain or even a soda hose. People cannot always perform certain tasks during search and rescue missions due to the dangerous environment or obstruction. Therefore, the main focus of the use of mini robots will be assisted by rescuers and affected by various natural and technogenic catastrophes.

Group participants will experiment with materials for structures, power facilities and development methods. Darpa hope that they will be able to get rid of wires by creating conditions for charging from an external source, but this will require support of the authorities.

SHRIMP systems will take part in the similarity of the Microbot Olympics, during which they will demonstrate their capabilities. The main indicators of the assessment are the range and height of the jump, the rise of cargo and even the distance to which the robot can throw the subject (shit). Participants will submit their proposals in September, and by March 2019 it is expected to summarize.