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‘Tali-Bots’ on Segways Simulate Realistic Targets for Marine Training
While these dummies on Segways may not look very intimidating, the U.S. Marine Corps is hoping they will provide more realistic training to soldiers as the first “smart targets” to be used by the U.S. military.
According to Gizmodo, these smart targets are “autonomous, programmable and responsive” and the Marine Corps base in Quanitco, Virginia, just received eight sets for a pretty penny: $57 million.
The 5′11” smart target dummies ride along following a “pre-orchestrated or auto-generated scenario”, meaning a commander doesn’t need to control them with a joystick, according to their manufacturer Marathon Targets, which is based in Australia with an office in Huntsville, Ala. In addition to using Segways, other technology allows for a more realistic training experience. According to the website, the target is able to sense when it is shot, sending a message to other targets to run for cover and target’s human-like nature allows “soldiers to train the way they fight.”
And the best thing is; when they point them at the American people, they won't have to worry about any mutinies because our troops won't kill their friends and neighbors. A soldier without a conscience is the best soldier, right?
Originally posted by ga-`tv-gi
That is neat, but why are they all wearing hoodies. Looks like a OWS protest.
Originally posted by Grimpachi
I wish they had these when I was going through AIT and Basic training it would have helped a lot. I am not parinoid like others on here. These are for our soldiers to train and the video was made by the company that has manufactured them so ask them why they dressed them the way they did. It amazes me how people can take a great idea and try to twist it into something ominouse.
I am so scared of a segway(sarcasm).
Yes, at first glance the Smart Targets, as they are called, look like mannequins on Segways—because, well, they are. But they are also so much more: autonomous, programmable, and responsive. The same programming processes that control the AI in, say, any of the Splinter Cell series—where enemy guards move along set paths but are still smart enough to investigate the sounds of their comrades being pistol-whipped—controls the movements of these dummies. Using a laptop and a proprietary GUI, the instructor can create and run training scenarios—dictating the dummy's speed, travel pattern, and acceleration and stopping among other variables.
The dummies themselves come in two varieties: the two-wheeled T20 and the four-wheeled T40. They both stand 5-foot 11-inches tall and move roughly as fast as people run—7-11 mph. The T20 is built directly on an armored Segway platform. It can turn in tight circles and leans forward when it accelerates, just like a human. When a kill shot is registered, the T20 will drop its dummy and the other T20's in the area—being networked—will all scatter for cover, quickly reacting the changing situation.