DARPA Company, which participated in creating the Internet, launched a ground program to develop and commission the next generation of miniature robots for disaster response.
The SHRIMP program provides for the creation of microelectromechanical systems that can move along a drainpipe or even a soda hose. People are not always able to perform certain tasks during search and rescue missions due to hazardous environments or obstructions. Therefore, the main direction of using mini-robots will be to help rescuers and victims of various natural and man-made disasters..
Groups of participants will experiment with materials for structures, feeding methods and development of control methods. DARPA hopes they can get rid of the wires by creating conditions for charging from an external source, but this will require the support of the authorities.
SHRIMP systems will take part in a kind of Olympiad for microrobots, during which they will demonstrate their capabilities. The main indicators of the assessment are the distance and height of the jump, the lifting of the load, and even the distance at which the robot can throw the object (shoot). Participants will submit their proposals in September, and the results are expected to be summed up by March 2019.
New Zealand will also distribute robotic assistants, but for the home.
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty images / Project Syndicate