10/5/2005

Battlefield Robot Can Detect Snipers

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:24 pm

The maker of a track-wheeled robot used in Iraq and Afghanistan is developing a version designed to locate the source of sniper fire.

IRobot Corp.’s joint project with Boston University’s Photonics Center could protect soldiers by helping them quickly locate snipers and either steer clear of them or fire back.

Although the robot is meant solely as a defensive measure, its ability to calculate the target’s distance using laser and infrared light could ultimately lead others to build a new generation of robots that can fire weapons.

The sniper-detecting technology, paired with iRobot’s track-wheeled, bomb-disarming PackBot, made its first public appearance this week at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

In field tests last month at a firing range, the system located the source of gunfire from over 100 meters away 94 percent of the time, its developers say.

Source: AP

 

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