Leave it to Japan to come up with a firefighting robot that looks like a dragon. This is actually a very clever idea. If you are building a robot to fight fires, you might as well use the water that you are fighting fires with to propel your robot and move it around.
The Dragon firefighting robot was built by Professor Satoshi Tadokoro, and his team at Tohoku University and the National Institute of Technology. Their robot is raised by the same directional jets of water that are used to stop the fire.It also uses these jets of water to steer, moving the dragon’s head by firing water jets at different angles.
That all means that firefighters don’t have to lug the hose around themselves, and that the robot can get to the fire quickly on its own.
I’m not sure how effective this would actually be at putting out fires, but it is a cool idea. The main idea is that you would attach it to the end of a ladder or crane and let it explore a building that is on fire so that no humans have to step inside and get hurt.
You’ve all seen this in movies and maybe even had it happen to you in real life. You’re in a dark cave or trapped in a dark room. So you light a match. It lasts for about 5 seconds and then burns your finger and the light goes out. Now you have burnt fingers and you are still in the dark. Your matches have done you no good at all.
These Trailblazer Fire Starter Sticks light like a regular match, but they can burn for up to 10 minutes since they’re made from compressed wood. This could be handy in the situation that I just outlined, but really they’re designed to give you time to get a fire started for one thing because we are not all Cub Scouts with all of our badges earned.
These are perfect for camping or to keep stowed away somewhere in case of an emergency. They are much more dependable than regular matches and you don’t have to rush to get the job done. They’re just $6 for a box of 40 over at Budk.
Madman builder Colin Furze continues to add to his arsenal of dangerous playthings. This time, he designed and built Alexa voice-activated flamethrower. This guy never stops building insane things that could put him in the hospital. Or worse. I guess we can all vicariously live through him so that we don’t have to face the danger.
To be honest, this thing less of a flamethrower and more of a jet flames downward situation. If your coffee machine switched from dripping coffee down into your cup to shooting fire down into it, this is what it would look like – minus the visit from the fire department. You can skip to 7:30 in the video if you just want to see the thing in action and don’t care about how he built it.
Also, I just want to say, you shouldn’t ever give Alexa fire. I mean, one minute you’re playing the Talking Heads’ “Burning down the House” and the next your house is burning. Not cool, Alexa. Not cool at all.
Elon Musk continues to make the world a better place. The latest way that he’s doing this? Flamethrowers. After weeks of teases, Elon Musk has confirmed that his tunnel-drilling company The Boring Company is selling a flamethrower for the likes of you and me.
There are 20,000 of these weapons for sale. And yes, they are actually legal. Musk says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allows throwers with flames shorter than 10 feet, so this one is perfect. Thank you Elon Musk, for putting a legal firestick in my hands. I promise to try very very hard to stay out of trouble. We are talking fire though, so we will see.
It is being called the “world’s safest” flamethrower. But if you still have your doubts, there’s also a branded fire extinguisher available for $30. A pre-order will set you back $500.
Musk did say that he would sell a flamethrower when Boring Company hats sold out, and it looks like he is keeping his word. I don’t think anyone took him seriously when he made that comment, but here we are. Flamethrowers! Or as I like to call it, a $500 dollar grill starter. So who else is getting one of these bad boys?