>In response to your question about where the robots are:
>There are a handful of them I have seen in person. They were roaming the
>halls, parking lot, and test range while I was there.
>Cybermotion has been very good at placing robot security guards in places
>they would rather not say.
>Helpmate has been so successful with their hospital delivery robot: HELPMATE
>that they were bought out by a hospital supply company.
>Paul F. Grayson - Chief Engineer
>AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL MAGIC
>1892 Pinewood Ave.
>Traverse City, MI 49684-9022
>(231) 946-0187, FAX (231) 946-1122
Well, (even though we have payed for them) I suppose it would be
pointless to ask the Navy if ROBART III, for example, can come out to play
at the Annual Robot Games. The following examples of beautifully
understated "bureaurocratese" from the spawar website suggest that ROBART
III could be a real crowd pleaser.
Netscape: ROBART I, II, III
Monday, July 31, 2000
"The non-lethal-response weapon chosen for incorporation into the system
consists of a pneumatically powered dart gun capable of firing a variety of
3/16-inch diameter projectiles. The simulated tranquilizer darts were
developed to demonstrate a potential response application involving remote
firing of temporarily incapacitating rounds by law enforcement personnel.
The demonstration darts consist of a sharpened 20-gauge spring-steel wires
approximately 3 inches long and terminated with 3/16-inch plastic balls. A
rotating-barrel arrangement was incorporated to allow for multiple firings
(six) with minimal mechanical complexity. (The spinning-barrel mechanism
also imparts a rather sobering psychological message during system
I suspect that getting stiched up the middle by all six darts might
provide an overdose of tranqs that would prove to be more than "temporarily
incapacitating." That final parenthetical, however, shows that these guys
are not just meatball engineers, but have a real sense of the dramatic
possibilities of ROBART III. The image of that spinning-barrel mechanism
has a quality unmatched even by the sound of a round being jacked into the
chanber of a pump action 12 guage.
"Recently a research thrust has been started involving ROBART III in a
distributed master/slave network, partly to address the communication
degradation problem as ROBART III explores a building. A group of slave
robots would follow ROBART III into a building and be deployed at strategic
locations to serve as communication relays, rearguard lookouts, expendable
point men, or part of a distributed sensor network, preventing an intruder
from playing "hide-and-seek" with ROBART III. A fleet of ten Lynxmotion
Hexapod II walking robots (six-legged, twelve-servo hexapods featuring two
degrees-of-freedom per leg) are currently used to illustrate the
feasibility of the master/slave network. The small slave robots perform
collision-avoidance, wall-following, and doorway-detection routines using
algorithms similar to those running on ROBART III. For all other tasks, the
slaves react to information that has been gathered and preprocessed by
I always wondered who was buying up all the Lynxmotion kits! But
seriously, to be competitive these days the average 'bot just can't make it
as a solo act.
Thanks for the response,
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