OLE Insect Firefighter

 - Apr 22, 2008   Updated: Aug 8 2011
References: popsci
The OLE robot is a product of the industrial-design studio at the University of Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. The OLE, which is autonomous and is guided by GPS, intelligent feelers, infrared and heat sensors, is equipped with tanks of water and powdered fire-extinguishing agents.

The armor of this ladybug robot is fireproof and it runs on wheels that are in contact with the ground and are better suited for detecting heat.

Here's another Ladybug robot:

Implications - Believe it or not, forest-fire experts like the idea of OLE robots, even though many believe it'll be a more effective. With forest fires in Europe burning roughly 1.25 million acres a year, the OLE robots are looking like more and more of an attractive prospect for buyers.