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ANTI-PIRACY ROBOT GOES INTO ACTION

Thursday May 5th, 2011
ANTI-PIRACY ROBOT GOES INTO ACTION

A US robotics firm has developed a weapon to help deal with the fight against piracy. The Throwbot can be fired from a gun and crawl the metallic walls of ships’ hulls or be deployed by a larger ‘marsupial’ robot.

The Recon Robotics device is designed to send covert surveillance footage and is a modified version of the beer can sized Recon Scout. It has magnetised wheels and infra red illuminators so the remote controlled video camera can be used both day and night.

The manufacturers are confident that the device can be thrown 120 feet, safely board a ship and become a valuable tool in the war against piracy. Previous models have proved very successful in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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