Army surveillance bot approved for use by police, firemen

“You can send it into buildings where hostages are being held, then move it from room to room as it transmits video via its miniature camera. Sleek and unobtrusive, the gadget can slip under furniture and roll down stairs. Only eight inches long and 1.2 pounds, it can be tossed through windows or onto burning roofs without sustaining damage.

Used in Iraq and Afghanistan for several years now, the Recon Scout Throwbot could be of great use to domestic police and fire departments, but there’s one thing the little machine can’t do—apply for a spectrum use waiver from the Federal Communications Commission. Without that waiver, the bot can’t transmit its live video feed.”


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