July 22, 2004

Common use of robots not so far-fetched

Called Centibots, these small, red robots on wheels were developed by SRI using off-the-shelf computer parts and the Linux operating system. They were developed for a project funded by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The robots are networked and use small Web cameras to work together to build a map of a room, or any location. They then can search for an object and deploy themselves to guard it and detect intruders. For example, they could be sent into a hazardous area to search for a bomb or an injured person.

Link: Jewish World Review

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