Sunday, May 04, 2008

Robot war spiders

My research assistant Marc found this mock-up of a robotic intelligence gathering spider.  (Not yet real.)

British defence giant BAE Systems is creating a series of tinyelectronic spiders, insects and snakes that could become the eyes andears of soldiers on the battlefield, helping to save thousands oflives.

Prototypes could be on the front line by the end of the year,scuttling into potential danger areas such as booby-trapped buildingsor enemy hideouts to relay images back to troops safely positionednearby.

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