Bomb Squad Visits Generator (in the best of ways)
Robots, robots, and drones!… Generator members can’t get enough of them. Burlington’s Bomb Squad gave Generator a visit on Thursday, April 13th. Generator is full of innovative multi-talented members thirsty for knowledge. Thanks, Bomb Squad, for sharing with us your knowledge in robotics and drones!
Bomb disposal robots have been used to safely disable explosive ordinance for over 40 years, where they have been deployed hundreds, if not thousands, of times. However, the term “bomb disposal robot” is something of a misnomer, as they are not technically robots.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a robot is “a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically”. Bomb disposal robots cannot perform contextual decision-making or operate by themselves. Instead, bomb disposal robots are more accurately defined as drones, much like unmanned vehicles, as they are remotely controlled by a human operator from afar.