Robots, Virtual Reality Touted as Mine-Safety Solutions

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 27, 2006   View Article

Robots and virtual reality are being touted as 21st-century coal-mine canaries in the wake of this month’s U.S. mining deaths.

In the 19th century, underground coal miners carried canaries down into the shafts as their first line of defense against poisonous gases. If the birds keeled over, the miners evacuated.

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