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Beth Stackpole
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Patrolling parking lots
Beth Stackpole   9/11/2012 7:37:55 AM
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Very cool. Should be a staple for airport security, patrolling parking lots and other public venues if it really is effective. That would definitely ensure a higher level of safety.

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Cool robot, cool video
Rob Spiegel   9/11/2012 1:42:14 PM
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This robot makes a lot of sense, Ann, far superior to the mirrors previously used. Clever idea to increase security surveillance.

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iRobot
Charles Murray   9/11/2012 6:37:24 PM
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Ann, this looks very familiar. Didn't iRobot (or someone else?) also have a military robot for checking under cars? 

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Re: iRobot
Beth Stackpole   9/12/2012 7:20:46 AM
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It looks a lot like an iRobot in terms of its aesthetic design. Not only are these robots perfect for scouting under cars and through parking lots, but what about malls, schools, or other public venues where there are long stretches of terrain to patrol.

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Skirt Cam
NiteOwl_OvO   9/12/2012 9:57:20 AM
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Great idea! The new airport skirt cam! Fun for parties too. They're expected to be on the wish list of every college dorm security guard. Get your orders in early.

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Re: Cool robot, cool video
Ann R. Thryft   9/12/2012 11:46:18 AM
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I was impressed at what the digital CMOS sensor-based camera made by the parent company can do: it's got a 360-degree panoramic view. But that's not used in the Ferret--that one is a CCD sensor-based camera with (apparently) a 90-degree angle, which is still pretty wide.

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Re: iRobot
Ann R. Thryft   9/12/2012 11:49:16 AM
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Chuck, iRobot makes the Roomba for vacuuming, with a very similar shape, hence my reference. There are various small robots that do surveillance, but I don't recall any of them shaped like the Roomba or the Ferret. Let us know if you find one.

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Re: iRobot
mrdon   9/12/2012 10:48:39 PM
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Hi Ann, In addition to vehicle security surveillance, I see this robot being useful for mobile auto mechanics who need to check the underbody of an automobile for leaks, or holes caused by rust in mufflers. What a great tool as well as article! Speaking of iRobot, here's the link to their Creater robot kit for any interested in tinkering with mobile robots. http://store.irobot.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2591511&s=A-ProductAge

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Re: iRobot
Ann R. Thryft   9/13/2012 12:50:28 PM
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mrdon, that sounds like a really good app for this robot. But I wonder how much it costs. Some quick Googling didn't turn up any prices for the Ferret, but the much more capable 360-degree Panoscan cameras made by General Robotics' parent company go for about $40,000 each.

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Re: iRobot
Rob Spiegel   9/14/2012 12:56:45 PM
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$40,000! Wow, Ann. That's a lot if it's like the Ferret. The Ferret looks fairly simple, technolgy wise. Can't imagine the parts that go into it cost more than a few hundred dollars.

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