Ivan Miranda’s Firefighting Robot — of the Future!

For his latest project, a firefighting robot, Ivan Miranda has tried to envision what firefighting will be like in 30 years with a small…

Jeremy S. Cook
a year ago3D Printing / Robotics

For his latest project, Ivan Miranda has tried to envision what firefighting will be like in 30 years with a small 3D-printed vehicle. While his vision may or may not come true, it’s an entertaining build that shows off a few interesting techniques that are available to us today.

His wheeled firefighting robot is controlled by a traditional RC transmitter, which sends a signal to an Arduino Uno via an onboard receiver. The Uno then activates four windshield wiper motors using a pair of DC drivers. This allows for steering like a tank, and due to the high torque and relatively low price of this type of motor, this type of motor can be a great option for demanding robotics applications. Firefighting is handled by a small water container, a pump, and tubing, activated via an Arduino-controlled solid-state relay, or SSR.

The result is a vehicle that — as shown around 14:00 in the video below — can put out a fire, if only a very small one. While you would still want to call your fire department when in trouble, one could imagine a swarm of smaller autonomous firefighting drones driving or swooping in to help quench blazes in the future.

Jeremy S. Cook
Engineer, maker of random contraptions, love learning about tech. Write for various publications, including Hackster!
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