Meet Mantis the Two Ton Hexapod Robot

Science Fiction, meet Science Fact!

Meet Mantis the Robot created by British company Micro Magic Systems.

This two metric ton hydraulic robot took four years to design and build. Powered by a 2.2 Liter Turbo Diesel engine, Mantis can be operated via onboard pilot or remote control via Wi-Fi.

This miracle of robotic design has a 5 meter working area and when all the feet are planted exerts less force per leg than a human being.

As you can see robot design is radically advancing. Apparently the design was inspired by the Star Wars AT-AT walker. Kind of makes you wonder what military battlefields are going to look like in 50 years…

For more information check out their webpage MantisRobot.com.

Robo Dog: Man’s new best Friend?

DARPA, the military research group, and Boston Dynamics have released another video of AlphaDog, or as they lovingly call it the Legged Squad Support System (LS3). The robotic assistant is being developed to help dismounted troops by carrying gear. In the latest video the bot can be seen following a soldier using a control pad device.

According to Wired’s Danger Room the robot can carry up to 400 pounds and has a range of 20 miles.

Pretty cool stuff, and it doesn’t even need a good boy treat!

Navy Developing Robots to Fight Pirates

The Navy is developing a series of sensors and software to allow robotic helicopters to detect suspicious boats according to a FoxNews article:

The Navy turned to a combination of different sensing technologies to address this. Called the Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker, or MMSS, an unmanned helicopter uses high-definition cameras, mid-wave infrared sensors and laser-radar (LADAR) to find the boat. 

Seaborne piracy is still a huge problem, especially near places like Somalia. It is a long and tedious procedure to scan unending open water for suspicious vessels, one that drones and robotics could handle very well if programmed correctly. Drones can help detect the questionable ships and then human operators can verify friend or foe designation and task armed forces to the area.

The Navy will test this technology this summer against test targets off the California coast. Until it is available, there is always the tried and true method of fighting piracy: