Rocketbot

The Concept

The Rocketbot is an artificially intelligent (AI) robot designed to assist the human race. It can be dropped from a plane and used for search and rescue operations or as a robotic firemen, police officer or paramedic.

Origin of the Idea

The Rocketbot was inspired by the 1991 movie Rocketeer. Just like its movie counterpart, the Rocketbot will be a modern-day superhero powered by jetpack. Research into advanced robotics by Boston Dynamics has led to the development of Atlas – an advanced humanoid robot that is able to manipulate objects and travel over rough terrain. The Rocketbot is inspired by this concept. With the added development of jetpacks to move, the robot will be able to travel more quickly from place to place and across impassable landscapes.

How It Works

The design of the Rocketbot is similar to that of our Winston concept but it encompasses jet packs; one on each arm and leg and a further jet attached to the robot’s back. This will allow the Rocketbot to move quickly across terrain or allow for safe landing protocols if dispatched from an aircraft.

GPS tracking systems in combination with computer software will allow a controller to manage many Rocketbots from one central location. The controller can pass on specific instructions or tasks for individuals or groups of Rocketbots to complete.

The Rocketbot could be coated with advanced shielding material allowing them to be employed in firefighting scenarios or during disaster relief.

What is it Used for?

The applications for the Rocketbot are various. They can be a replace humans in dangerous situations. The use of jetpacks means that the robot would be able to reach high or arduous places such as balconies, rooftops or the ledge of a cliff.

In combination with face recognition technology, Rocketbot (without the jetpack option) could be used in airport security or as border patrol officers, as they could quickly confirm a match between passport photos and the person in question.

Acknowledgements

The Rocketbot concept was imagined in October 2018 by Charles Bombardier and designed by Martin Rico. Martin studied design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works as an Industrial Designer for the ICAO.