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Chaos Goes Where No Robot Has Gone Before 


By Robert H. Williams 

An autonomous tracked platform that can be used for troop extraction, resupply, and search and security operations was tested by U.S. Marines in this year’s Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand.

The diminutive Chaos robot which was developed by Autonomous Solutions Inc. of Logan, Utah, for the Army’s Automotive Research Development and Engineering Command, is designed to navigate in rugged terrain that previously could only be accessed by soldiers on foot.

While capable of carrying a heavy payload, the intelligent transporter can be hoisted from a vehicle by two people. Chaos is able to lift 50-pound objects at the full reach of its 72-inch optional manipulator arm.

The key to the robot’s unprecedented mobility is four independent tracks that are able to continuously turn a full 360 degrees.
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Re: Chaos Goes Where No Robot Has Gone Before


omid on 02/25/2010 at 01:36

Re: Chaos Goes Where No Robot Has Gone Before

As robots (even military or law enforcement robots!) become common in public, existing privacy laws around the world will restrict the ability of the machines to make audio recordings of human conversations, and possibly other recordings about personally identifiable humans. The law of robots will be challenging. Robot designers may react by making the machines record lots of other (non-audio) stuff about each machine's encounter with humans. The records will no doubt include detection of chemicals and odors associated with individual humans. --Ben

Benjamin Wright on 03/23/2009 at 12:05

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