Robots to help Protect

Robot systems that have been created by the U.S. Army can decrease the exposure to danger to the American war-fighter.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is displaying robots and invited the public to use them. The displays of the robots were a part of the many activities surrounding the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

These robots perform artillery protection and they can protect soldiers from potentially lethal situations. Each of the robots that have been created have unique characteristics that serve a specific duty. These duties may include looking under vehicles for explosives, lifting objects weighing 10 to 15 pounds, and some can even go up and down stairs.

They are remotely operated and a majority of them have cameras that transmit back to the person, or war-fighter, controlling the robot. To control them, the Army Tech Zone uses remote controls that are the same as the ones used for different game systems, such as Xbox and Playstation. They have also used the Wii controller and an iPod touch.

“These machines are well-developed and have been tested in the field — third and fourth generation robots specifically designed for the Warfighter,” said Marcus Randolph, computer scientist for the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.

“It’s the Soldiers behind the technology that make the Army. Just as the Soldiers drive the Army, the Army scientists support the Soldiers,” said Randolph. “We are always looking for the best and the brightest to come aboard and do what they can do to support their country.”

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