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U.S. Military Robots Of The Future: Visual Tour

Meet robots that fight fires, climb ladders, search for bombs, and race across the battlefield. The technological singularity is near, say military strategists.
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The Navy has tapped Virginia Tech's robot team to turn CHARLi into a robot that can perform fire-fighting duties. Known as SAFFiR (Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot), the mechanical firefighter will be able to walk and climb, feature a gas sensor and infrared camera to see through smoke, and be programmed to receive commands wirelessly from a remote controller.

Image credit: Naval Research Lab

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