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Robots display force-protection prowess

Demonstrations included one robot that crawled up walls and across ceilings, another that clambered over rocks with six rotating legs and a third that wriggled like a snake through a pipe. [...]

Among the robots shown in action was the "Wall Crawler," which can motor up walls and across ceilings on six wheels. It adheres to various surfaces, including brick walls, by means of a louvered fan that creates a low-pressure region between two adjacent surfaces, said Bryce Wiedeman, vice president of operations for Avionic Instruments Inc.

The 8.5-by-6.5-inch robot can be equipped with a video camera on a boom, he said, "that allows us to take a little peek around a corner or over a ledge into a window." He said it works even more efficiently underwater, moving around by remote control on the hull of a ship to send back video for safety examinations.

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5 Responses:

  1. candid says:

    When I saw that article yesterday, I thought of you.

  2. drreagan says:

    I for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

  3. mackys says:

    Love, love, love, LOVE 'em!!

    That swirly-legged one especially. Soon our robot masters will attach blades to its swirly legs, and it will frappe its bloody way through the crowds of fleeing humanity. Ah-HAHAHAA!

    -Ben

  4. en_ki says:

    Hey, cool, Rhex! I work with [some of] the guys that built that. It came to visit and ran around outside my office and up (but not down yet) the stairs, and it chased the roomba (but the roomba ran away). Given that nothing about our current project turns up on Google, I'm going to guess that I can't tell you about it yet, but I'll be happy to point you to it when I can.

  5. satyap says:

    Force-protection? Like a Jedi?

    Cool, lightsabers!