EMILY Robot Is A Lifesaver

Posted: May 21 2016, 5:30am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

EMILY Robot is a Lifesaver
Meet EMILY the robotic lifeguard. Officially known as the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, EMILY is a remote-controlled buoy that recently was used to rescue nearly 300 Syrian migrants from drowning in the waters off the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo courtesy of Hydronalix
  • EMILY Robot saves the Lives of Human Beings

The EMILY robot manages to save lives of human beings. From marine species to refugees, all are grist for the mill as far as the EMILY robot is concerned.

EMILY is a robot that is super tough. She can penetrate huge tidal waves. Also hitting barriers and rocky terrain has no effect on her. Yet this robotic contraption has the most softest of corners for those it saves on a daily basis.

EMILY is a robotic lifeguard. The name EMILY is an acronym which stands for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard.

It is basically a remote control operated buoy that recently rescued 300 Syrians from the risk of death by drowning. Assembled by the ONR, several similar devices will be on display soon at the 2016 Naval Stem Expo and the Sea-Air Space Exposition.

EMILY is basically a joint effort between several individuals and groups. It has been a decade and a half since EMILY got off the ground. It began with the tracking of marine mammals and ended with UAVs in Iraq.

These past 15 years has been an eye-opening journey. From saving the whales to rescue operations during war time all the way to global aid efforts, EMILY has been everywhere.

Each buoy of EMILY consists of orange, yellow and red colors. The cylinder is four feet in length and has a weight of 25 pounds. Powered by a jet engine system, it travels at a rate of 22 mph.

It has a walkie talkie system on board along with a video camera. Night time rescue operations can take place too thanks to EMILY.

Manufactured from Kevlar and aircraft materials, EMILY cannot be destroyed easily. It can be pushed off a helicopter or bridge and then it reaches its destination thanks to remote control manipulation.

The origins of EMILY stretch back to 2001. It was meant to track whales using the power of sonar. Then when the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started, this technology got a chance to be tested on the battlefield.

The evolution involved Silver Fox UAVs along the way. Then in 2011, experts reverse-engineered the Silver Fox UAVs and constructed the first unmanned surface vehicles.

This went on to form the prototype for EMILY. Since then the makers of this technology have come a long way and today EMILY is doing what it can for the refugees of the world.

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