The Next Step:
First Responders, Soldiers and Trapped Miners to Find Their Way with Tech in Boots

October 22nd, 2012 | by Michael Keller

A mining crew is trapped deep underground after a cave-in. Firefighters run into a smoke-spewing high-rise to battle a violent blaze. A team of soldiers breaches a door and storms into a dark building.

In any of these life-threatening scenarios, the direst question on the lips of rescuers or supervisors is, “Where are they right now?”

Dr. Alonzo Kelly, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, has a solution to answer that query. He and his team have figured a way to accurately locate people in places like buildings and mines where there is no GPS signal to help out.

And the answer fits inside the heel of a shoe.

Read more:The Next Step: First Responders, Soldiers and Trapped Miners to Find Their Way with Tech in Boots.

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