The designers claim the charging platform could be attached to the top of a rescue boat or offshore structure
An operator would be able to remotely control the robots manually or an onboard artificial intelligence could allow it to act autonomously in certain situations
The group also designed a charging station that would use solar energy to recharge several Pars units when they are docked
RTS Lab is developing Pars, a robotic quadcopter that launches from a floating platform and drops life preservers near people in the ocean who are in trouble
According to RTS Lab, most of the initial design work for the robot itself has been completed and tested, though the current model does not include ultrasound sensors or artificial intelligence
If current technology trends are any indication, it's possible that human lifeguards could be replaced by robots in the future. So far, we've seen a remote-controlled rescue buoy and a salamander-like bot that travels on both water and land, among many others. Rather than having to cut through rough water to get to folks in trouble like many search and rescue robot designs, an Iranian research center proposes a quadcopter called Pars that launches from a floating platform and drops life preservers precisely where they're needed.
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