The Boston Dynamics, a U.S. company operating mainly in the field of robotics, is developing a series of robots having features and characteristics of mobility solutions obtained by adopting techniques inspired by the animal.
Specifically some of these robots the U.S. company currently under development, however, in full line with current trends, will be used to support workers during their military operations in theaters of mission. One of the most recent models developed has the name of RHex.
It is a small robot of the weight of only 13.5 kilograms, remote controlled up to a distance of about 600 meters and able to operate with a range of six hours. RHex, which should soon be deployed alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan, is easily transportable in a backpack.
Being equipped with cameras to provide images both front and rear, and making it able to move easily on both land and water, they should certainly be an effective tool for reconnaissance-level field tactical team.
The robot described not as the new special, in fact many are already robot systems deployed on the battlefield. It is still yet another piece in the process of “robotization” of the military land to which we are witnessing today.