Embers - Almost Ready to Swarm
iRobot continues its patriotic duty to develop Packbot robots for the military. This time they are working on LANdroids, small networking and surveillance robots. Ember runs on reversible treads with flippers to pick itself up and make its way over obstacles. It also has a cam, an antenna mount and its own Facebook photo album. Soldiers can carry the bots that weigh less than a pound and send them in a swarm to check out suspicious locations and create a wireless network. Hopefully, they will be able to produce them so cheaply they will ultimately be disposable.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at May 29, 2009 8:46 AM