iRobot, Humanistic Robotics, and QinetiQ’s robots track down lethal ordnance
By Esther Shein
June 02, 2012
Robots are not just being developed to help with labor-intensive tasks in the home, office and in warehouses and assembly lines; they are also being used to identify and remove land mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Several companies are building robots for use by the military in former conflict zones around the world.
The Geneva-based International Campaign to Ban Land Mines found the region with the greatest yearly number of casualties was Asia-Pacific (2,153 casualties); Americas (682); Africa (534); Middle-East-North Africa (324); and Europe (263), for a total of 3,956 casualties.
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