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Fortune- CNN

Researchers from MIT and Olin College are developing technology that could allow fleets of drones to aid firefighters in combatting wildfires, reports Barb Darrow for Fortune. The drones would be used to “collect intelligence about the fire as fast as possible for human fire-fighting experts,” writes Darrow.

Boston Herald

Prof. Jonathan How and his colleagues are developing a fleet of autonomous drones that could help gather information about wild fires, writes Brian Dowling for The Boston Herald. “These drones will let a firefighter select a point of a fire on a map, then send a drone there to examine the fire and report back with data,” explains Dowling.


In this video, Ben Gruber reports for Reuters on an MIT robot that is controlled by an operator wearing an exoskeleton. Prof. Sangbae Kim explains that his motivation was to develop “the best robot for disasters where we can actually use robots instead of risking human life.”


MIT researchers have developed a robot called Hermes that is controlled by the motions of an exoskeleton-wearing human, reports Nidhi Subbaraman for BetaBoston. “What’s unique about Hermes is that Ramos is able to sense the robot’s balance through the harness,” writes Subbaraman.

Boston Herald

Lindsay Kalter writes for The Boston Herald about a new robot developed by MIT researchers called HERMES, which is controlled by a human operator wearing an exoskeleton. “The idea here is you have a humanoid robot that you can send into a disaster situation, with someone operating it remotely,” explains graduate student Albert Wang.


BetaBoston reporter Curt Woodward writes about RapidSOS, a startup founded by graduates from MIT and Harvard that is aimed at improving 911 service. “RapidSOS’ system is designed to be a digital communications middleman that can harvest key information from an app user’s smartphone and route it into a 911 dispatcher’s system,” Woodward explains. 


Nitya Rajan writes for The Huffington Post that MIT researchers have developed a new human-robot interface that allows robots to mimic human actions. Rajan explains that the system allows the robot’s movements to be controlled by a human operator. 


Wired reporter Katie Collins writes that MIT researchers have developed a robot with a unique balance-feedback interface that allows a human operator to control the balance and movements of the robot. Collins explains that the reason the robot’s “reflexes are so ‘human’ is because he is, in fact, mimicking precisely the actions of that person.”

NBC News

MIT researchers have developed a new human-robot interface that could prove useful in disaster response, reports Keith Wagstaff for NBC News. Wagstaff explains that if the robot’s “human operator grabs a power tool, it will do the same -- an ability that could prove useful in the aftermath of an earthquake or nuclear meltdown.”


Thomas Tamblyn of The Huffington Post writes about a new video showing MIT’s Atlas robot carrying a metal frame. Tamblyn writes that the video demonstrates an advancement by MIT researchers, “who have been trying to juggle the complexities of making a robot walk while still dragging a weighted object in one hand.”

United Press International (UPI)

Thor Benson writes for United Press International about a new video of MIT’s Atlas robot that shows the robot moving objects of different weights while maintaining balance. A team of MIT researchers is competing with the Atlas robot in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. 

Boston Globe

Hiawatha Bray of The Boston Globe reports on research underway at MIT to develop robots that will be able to take the place of human first responders in disaster relief operations.


TIME reporter Doug Aamoth writes about the MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge team’s work with the Atlas robot built by Boston Dynamics. Aamoth reports that the team has been developing code that allows the robot to move faster and be more autonomous.


American Society of Mechanical Engineers reporter Nancy S. Giges features research by MIT Professor Thomas Peacock that could help predict where ocean pollutants will come ashore. Peacock’s research could be useful in coordinating better disaster response, according to Giges.