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The AIDA Android is a series of Disaster Relief Androids fielded by Fujiwara-Hatoyama Industries in late 2001. Their inaugural use was in September of 2001 in response to the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks of the World Trade Center. Largely successful in their first field test, Fujiwara-Hatoyama Industries began mass production of these machines in the following months. They were integral in providing aid relief during the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, and have since become increasingly more commonplace around the world.
The AIDA Android is actually divided into five main types, with each sub model carrying a unique set of additional tools to deal with specific types of disasters.
- Series 1 "Nereid" - The Series 1 Unit is intended to deal with floods and other water hazards.
- Series 2 "Pele" - The Series 2 Unit is intended for firefighting on a large scale, such as forest and brush fires.
- Series 3 "Gaea" - The Series 3 Unit is intended to deal with earthquake relief. It carries special demolition tools to prevent unwanted damage through controlled destruction.
- Series 4 "Artemis" - The Series 4 Unit is specially for celestial disasters. This unit has expanded flight capabilities that allow it to intercept celestial bodies and prevent them from causing damage after entering the earth's atmosphere.
- Series 5 "Strenua" - The only non mass production AIDA Android. The Series 5 AIDA Unit is designed as a Grond suppression android. It has no undergone field testing.
The following technology is standard in all AIDA Androids:
- Flight Module - Every AIDA Unit is powered by a self-fueled ionized-particle thruster system that grants it basic flight propulsion. Maximum cruising speed for AIDA Units is approximate 500 knots.
- NOVA AI - The AIDA Series is built around the NOVA AI, which is derived from the Fujiwara-Hatoyama NOVA OS. This NOVA AI allows AIDA Units to think and act independently for the completion of their objectives, as well as allow them to interact with humans to facilitate their pre-programmed objectives. The NOVA AI can be expanded to allow an AIDA Unit expanded thought and awareness, but this functionally is usually disabled, as the AIDA Units are usually slaved together for optimized cooperation.
- "Civilian Camouflage" - the frame of an AIDA Unit is capable of compressing itself to a variety of humanoid shapes, and a holographic projection system is activated that allows AIDA Units to mimic humanoid appearances. This is intended to ease the interaction of AIDA Units with Humans.