Robotics are increasingly part of the disaster response arsenal. The many uses are just now being discovered and both professionals and amateurs in the field are going to have to get used to working alongside mechanical colleagues. Among the uses are finding survivors in areas where humans may have difficult access, delivery of medical and other supplies, and improving overall situational awareness.
The Field Innovation Team led by Desi Matel-Anderson (Cohort VIII) recently held a drones in disaster relief “do tank” in Cape May, New Jersey. It brought together technologists, humanitarians, and incident response professionals to test ideas and solve problems. They produced the video below as part of their after action report. Interesting stuff.