Free look control increases chances of finding victims inside burning buildings

Video games have already been proven to improve dexterity and problem-solving skills, but now the “free look control” used in first-person shooter games such as Call of Duty could help to save lives. An international research team is adapting the technique to emergency response robots, which will reduce the amount of concentration required by operators, and allow the robots to mimic the way in which humans navigate their surroundings.

The control method would be used mainly with unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), which are sent into burning buildings and other places too dangerous for human responders. Because it requires less concentration to use, emergency workers would be able to achieve “situational awareness” much quicker. When time is of the essence and human lives are at stake, it's key that firefighters can navigate buildings quickly in order to located missing or injured people.

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