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Robodog to be latest weapon of war

world Updated: Sep 14, 2008 23:03 IST

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Modern battlefields may soon resemble something out of a science fiction flick, thanks to advances in robotics. And, the latest weapon to be unveiled is the robodog — a four-legged, petrol-powered robot.

Scientists have called their invention the ‘BigDog’, billed as ‘the most advanced quadruped robot on Earth’, which they claim is can carry up to four packs of military equipment on awkward terrain unsuitable for vehicles.

BigDog comes equipped with a variety of high-tech gadgets, including laser gyroscopes, a video camera sensor system and a sophisticated on-board computer.

“Some of the wars we’re engaged in now happen to have that kind of terrain. The idea is to look at the way nature has solved different robotics problems,” Robert Mandelbaum, the Project Manager was quoted as saying.