iRobot’s bots clear gutters and remove debris from floors.  So it might come as a surprise to hear that they’ve been working on another breed of robots that can clear a road chalk full of mines.

The 710 Warrior machine is an APOBS (Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System) that fires a rocket down a road carrying behind it a rope of grenades.  Upon explosion, which happens remotely via a human finger, it is designed to detonate up to 45 square meters of mines.  It’s a sort of ground fired carpet bomb system.

Due to public fear and safety concerns the bots never made it to the battlefield.  That’s odd, because the last time I checked UAVs weren’t exactly the most palatable form of warfare.

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."