Sunday, March 21, 2010

You Could Design A Life-Saving Robot For The Pentagon

Time for you inventors to do your patriotic duty and help the U.S. military design an autonomous robot that can carry injured troops from the front lines to safety. Autonomous as in with little or no help from a human of course. Hint: This is going to take more than a huge-ass Roomba with a gurney attached.

The Army wants inventors to develop a robot that will be able to adapt to “the large number of body positions and types of locations in which casualties can be found.” The robot also needs to be able to enter, navigate and escape terrain “without prior knowledge” of the geography. They also wouldn’t mind if your robot were able to perform as part of a hive mind, and cooperate with a swarm of other robot rescuers. You can submit your ideas until March 24.

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