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Unmanned vehicular robot fuels itself Answered

03.05.09 -- In all the futuristic visions of robotic technology, there's always one buzzkill that brings them back to reality: the power source. How do you keep robots rolling smoothly? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding the development of a robot that may have the answer to this.

According to company president Dr. Robert Finkelstein, Robotic Technology, Inc. of Potomac, Md., is developing the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR), an unmanned vehicle robot designed to collect biomass leaves, wood, grass, anything combustible and use it through burning to fuel itself.

"The idea is to have a robotic ground vehicle that can go out on long-range, long-endurance missions without human intervention," says Finkelstein, describing it as the ground equivalent of long-range unmanned air vehicles. The EATR will be able to retrieve items of interest as well, or act as a weapons platform....In addition to its military applications, Finkelstein also envisions other applications, such as border patrol or agricultural work.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Hmmm; Although SlugBot was an improbable winner of Time Magazine's 2001 Inventions of the Year award, I haven't seen them at my local home and garden store.
...EcoBot-II was able to run for 12 days after being fed 8 houseflies. However, it should be noted that it did not catch its own flies, relying instead upon willing human servants.
...the robot was able to identify wines, cheeses, meats and hors d'oeuvres. So far so good. However, when a reporter placed his hand in the robot's jaw receptors, he was identified as bacon. When a cameraman tried the same test, he was identified as prosciutto.

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fwjs28

9 years ago

sweet....just wait a couple years, and this will be in Japan and then a few more and then will come to the US and UK..... PS-happy early Pi day 3.141592653589......