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The 1.20 meters (almost four feet) "OFRO+detect" could soon be employed to protect next year's World Cup in Germany by hindering potential terrorist attacks.
Developed by Berlin-based company Robowatch Technologies, OFRO can take over dangerous, and tedious, duties such as checking for atomic, biological and chemical, or ABC, weapons.
During its 12 hours of operation time, OFRO can cover 10,000 square meters at a speed of five kilometers (3.1 miles) per hour, using its thermal camera and sensors to detect possible terror hazards. The robot wirelessly transmits the information collected at a central location. It also takes air samples and should there be irregularities, it sounds an alarm. Nothing can get in OFRO's way and it can steer through fan crowds all by itself.
www.military.comThe U.S. military's highest-profile robo-copter project, the Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) program, crashed and burned a few months back, after the Army decided to pass on funding the UCAR's next, $160 million phase. UCAR researchers were working on some pretty cool concepts for the craft, like voice-controlled commands. And computer simulation were showing that, by adding drones to the mix, helicopter teams get a whole lot more vicious - and a whole lot harder to shoot down. With the fear of losing a pilot gone, the unmanned copters could go after pixilated enemies way more aggressively. But ultimately, UCAR was considered too high risk a program for the Army to pursue with two major conflicts still going on.
But some smaller efforts are continuing. The Army recently test-fired a set of rockets from one of its Vigilante unmanned copters. In the December trial, the 1,100 pound, 26-foot long craft -- which can go up to 12,000 feet, fly as fast as 75 knots, and stay in the air for about 5 hours - was under the control of human pilots, flying nearby in a UH-1 "Huey" copter. The test, over the Yuman proving grounds in Arizona, marked the first time a first rotary-wing drone let loose such weapons. In the not-too-far future, the drone is expected to make the step up to launching guided missiles, like the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS).
Originally posted by shots
I can see it fighting fires but still trying to figure out how it will stop intruders any better then a security cam now does? May be they will come equipped with tazers.
The 45 inch tall robot will alert human guards via radio and by sending camera footage if it detects intruders, fires, or even water leaks.
Nothing can get in OFRO's way and it can steer through fan crowds all by itself.