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Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
4/20/2012

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The iRobot 510 PackBot was the first robot to provide glimpses inside the reactor buildings of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. Traveling at up to 5.8mph, it climbs stairs, rolls over rubble, and navigates narrow passages. It weighs 24 pounds without batteries and relays real-time video, audio, and other sensory information, including GPS, compass, inclinometer, and accelerometer data. (Source: iRobot)
The iRobot 510 PackBot was the first robot to provide glimpses inside the reactor buildings of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. Traveling at up to 5.8mph, it climbs stairs, rolls over rubble, and navigates narrow passages. It weighs 24 pounds without batteries and relays real-time video, audio, and other sensory information, including GPS, compass, inclinometer, and accelerometer data.
(Source: iRobot)

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Battar
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Re: Robots going where
Battar   5/2/2013 9:00:02 AM
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Ann, sorry to get political, but from reading the news it is hard not to get the impression that those who are unfriendly towards th US and its' allies are concentrating on autonomous, lethalized humans, not robots. I know of at least one occasion in which a bomb disposal robot was deployed to disarm a suicide bomber who had been shot and wounded, and it was unclear whether he was still cabable of triggering his IED.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   11/26/2012 2:00:28 PM
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Hmmm, that's a good point King DWS: if we're making and deploying weaponized robots and so is the other side, what's the point of robots duking it out with each other? For that matter, I wonder if the weaponized bots are being designed to take out humans or other bots, or both?

William K.
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William K.   11/21/2012 4:08:10 PM
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Robots turning robots into scrap is A WHOLE LOT BETTER than anything turning ME into garbage! Any day and every time! As for "weaponized " robots, I have seen a small robotic thing with a pair of minicannons mounted and it could carry "quite a few" rounds. That was a while back, and I am not at liberty to provide details, except that it was a US project. That was a serious robot that I would never want to meet up with.

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Wheels won't get you where you need to go.
Mike Rilee   11/21/2012 2:33:21 PM
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It's way past time to get to the next "step" "http://youtu.be/VSKjQ0UWTnM".

 

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History of Weaponry
GTME83   11/21/2012 10:26:57 AM
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Spears, bow & arrows, swords, catapults, shields, knight's armor, guns, machine guns, etc.... Man has used technology to try to gain a weapon's advantage since the dawn of time. It is not that you assume that your opponent is an idiot, quite the contrary; you assume he is very smart. That is why you have to try to stay one step ahead.

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KingDWS   6/7/2012 7:44:11 PM
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Of all those robots shown only the talon swat has been weaponized. I think with shotgun. Didn't think big dog was off the leash yet :-) last time I saw it they were still trying to sort out the pgo effect when starting to move. They were talking about a version that would home in on the future solider gear and retrieve wounded. None of these are really autonomous and nothing has the versatility as a human in combat. And boots on the ground are how you occupy territory. Not sure robots turning other robots into scrap will accomplish much as there is nothing risked.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/24/2012 4:04:37 PM
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I think the point about the tendency to assume the other side are idiots is a very good one. From what I've seen, it's not just the US, or those nations we currently call friends, that are working on R&D for autonomous lethalized robots.

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Island_Al   5/10/2012 9:36:04 AM
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But what happens when its OUR troops that encounter killing machines that have no fear?  This will cost lives, not save lives.  Humans always seem to think that the "other side" are idiots. But witness the recent capture of the drone by Iran. I suspect they spoofed the drone's GPS into thinking it was back home safely so it simply landed. Not a shot was fired. All technology can be weaponized. The future does not seem rosey for humans unless we all realize that killing other people will not solve the majority of the problems.

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mrdon   5/8/2012 2:06:30 PM
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I worked on a Glass Shuttle Robotic system which had a robot to pick up windshields and place them on a small shuttle conveyor that carried them to another robot.  This robot removed the windshields off the conveyor and placed them on the automobile where a final robot applied urethane. Over 5 years the Glass Shuttle Robotic system paid for itself in replacing 3 employee salaries with benefits. The 3 displaced workers found jobs in the trim shop. So a happy ending can be achieved when replacing the workforce with robotics if its plan correctly! I'm glad you enjoyed my comments.

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bobjengr   5/7/2012 5:34:20 PM
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I agree completely.  My first experience with a "teach pendant" involved programming a SCARA (Selective Compliant Assembly Robot Arm) for a "pick and place", four axis robot.  This device dispensed an acrylic adhesive used to adhere a stainless steel overlay onto a painted aluminized steel panel.   The system itself was designed for us by LOCTITE Adhesives.  We were able to reduce the cost of the assembly by approximately $3.00 per panel and came out as heroes.   Most of the saving resulted from the reduction of labor due to replacing double-sided tape with the adhesive.   It was a great learning experience and one in which I certainly value as an engineer.  Many thanks for your comments.  Bob J.

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