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iRobot SUGV Early -- image courtesy Crave
iRobot and Boeing co-develop the new SUGV Early

The last time DailyTech covered iRobot, the company had made enhancements to its PackBot robot. The PackBot is a 44-pound tracked device that "listens" for enemy gunfire on the battlefield.

Using its Robot Enhanced Detection Outpost with Lasers (REDOWL) system, the Packbot can navigate through a battlefield and distinguish between enemy AK-47 gunfire and friendly M-16 gunfire via its six microphones. The Packbot -- when working in conjunction with an unmanned Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) hovering over a target area -- can then relay back to the operator the exact location of the enemy troops.

iRobot is now working in conjunction with Boeing on a next generation Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV). The SUGV Early vehicle will be designed for civil, commercial and military use, weigh less than 30 pounds and will be “backpackable.” In an effort to control the costs of the SUGV, off-the-shelf components will be used.

"The SUGV Early is light enough to be carried long distances and easy enough to operate so that we believe it could become a standard tool for infantry squads and SWAT teams," said Joe Dyer, president of iRobot Government & Industrial Robots. "By teaming with Boeing, we can leverage their system-of-system capabilities and global marketing strength to quickly get these life-saving robots into the hands of our troops, first responders and allies worldwide."

"We see ground robots as a major new growth market and iRobot, as the industry leader in this field, is our partner of choice to bring new robot technology to market," said Boeing Combat Systems VP Dennis Muilenburg.

The first SUGV Early robots will be delivered in 2008. iRobot will handle the design and manufacturing of the SUGV Early while Boeing will lend its hand in systems integration and global marketing.

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It should scale walls
By TimberJon on 4/24/2007 12:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
they should just make terrorizing tracked gattling-cannon, RPG and Rocket-laden robots like the design from T3, and let them go to work with a remote operator, storming through buildings and taking out the terrorists.

Don't know what to do about the RPG's however. Maybe auto-tracking narrow-spread shotguns..

RE: It should scale walls
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/24/2007 12:06:40 PM , Rating: 2
Two words for you, "laser Cannon"

RE: It should scale walls
By Griswold on 4/24/2007 12:19:43 PM , Rating: 2
One word for you, "shark"

RE: It should scale walls
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/24/2007 12:25:22 PM , Rating: 2
Is it too much to ask?

RE: It should scale walls
By FITCamaro on 4/24/2007 12:30:00 PM , Rating: 2
Three words for you. "On their foreheads."

RE: It should scale walls
By Rugar on 4/25/2007 9:22:33 AM , Rating: 2
Throw me a frickin bone here.

RE: It should scale walls
By TimberJon on 4/24/2007 12:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
Micro-Neutron Rocket

RE: It should scale walls
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/24/2007 12:37:45 PM , Rating: 2
No, I said, "Laser cannon"

RE: It should scale walls
By wrekd on 4/24/2007 1:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
And the robots should have and audio loop of:

"Somebody set up us the bomb!"

"All your base are belong to us!"

RE: It should scale walls
By timmiser on 4/26/2007 5:12:06 AM , Rating: 2
You have no chance to survive make your time.

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