The Emily robot lifeguard was the first kind of robot of its kind, where it was touted to help save lives for those who have less than enough strength when tossed through the tempestous waters. A couple of folks actually managed to experience the wonders of this lifesaving robot near the Devil’s Punch Bowl, with Assistant Chief Training Officer Hank Walling with the Depoe Bay Fire District saying, “I was more than impressed the way everything worked. Everything fell into place.” Basically, the Emily robot lifeguard helped firefighters save a child and his father who were both swept out to sea no thanks to a rip current.

Emily, being an emergency rescue device which is capable of traveling far faster compared to any human rescuer. Firefighters will be the ones controlling Emily though since she has yet to be autonomous, using a remote control to guide it to the victim. Nice to see all that research work finally coming to fruition, and the best part about Emily? You can’t drag her down with you when you struggle for your life.

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