Meet EMILY: Your friendly water rescue robot Today’s Video of the Day comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and features a look at a jet-powered water rescue robot known as EMILY (Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard).
EMILY is used by lifeguards and emergency response teams around the world to assist in dangerous water rescues.
Now, researchers from the National Science Foundation and Texas A&M are working to improve EMILY’s functionality and upgrade the system for larger-scale rescues.
The U.S. Navy funded research on the development of a fast-swimming “robot lifeguard” that saved Syrian refugees from drowning but has no immediate plans to acquire the EMILY system for the military. Mulligan said the finished product was 98% made in the U.S., including the composite hull made on the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation in Arizona. He said the EMILY goes for about $10,000 in the U.S. but the costs can balloon for overseas sales because of taxes.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: National Science Foundation (NSF)