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Media coverage: Robots deployed in Pike River mine

Peter Griffin posted in on November 24th, 2010.

Three robots may soon be involved in the Pike River mine disaster – an unprecedented number. The first robot, which stalled yesterday due to water damage, was restarted this morning, and managed to travel a kilometre into the mine before running out of batteries.  Before doing so, it captured footage of the helmet of one […]

Experts on effectiveness of robots in mine rescue operations

Peter Griffin posted in on November 23rd, 2010.

A military robot sent into the Pike River mine to survey conditions has broken down, mine officials confirmed at a press conference this morning. The multi-purpose robot carried four cameras, which it was hoped would return images to engineers of the mine’s interior. Officials said the robot had stalled a short distance into the mine. […]

Dom Post: Robot liked, but can it earn its keep?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 13th, 2010.

Tom Pullar-Strecker writes in the Dominion Post about Charlie, the healthcare robot which is about to return to its work at Selwyn Retirement Village. The robot has had new abilities added, and the task is now to determine whether robots such as this are cost-effective. An excerpt: (read in full here) “”The next task will […]

NZ Herald: Robot a new-age helping hand for elderly

Peter Griffin posted in on November 25th, 2009.

Beck Vass reports on the introduction of ‘Charlie’, a robotic caregiver, at an Auckland retirement village. An excerpt: (read in full here) “It is hoped that Charlie will soon have other robots to help him assist elderly residents by recording their blood pressure, reminding them to take medication and helping them get assistance if they […]

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