From Wired: Imagine if you saw a pimped-up and remote-controlled mini tank zooming to extinguish a flaming wreck. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was the beginnings of a B-rate sci-fi movie. But within just a couple of months, robots like these will be deployed to fight fires in the U.S. At least, that’s the hope of Maine-based manufacturers Howe and Howe Technologies. The technology is supposed to reduce the exposure of human firefighters to extreme fires, the kind with additional complexities such as fuel explosions, chemical leaks, and nuclear meltdowns. Check out a video of the fire-fighting robots in action here.

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