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5 insanely cool robots (photos)

Here are some of the latest creations that you'd love to have but never could afford - unless you join the army.

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Topic: Innovation
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Here are some of the latest creations from iRobot that you'd love to have but never could afford - unless you join the army.  Read the post and see the videos.

The SUGV (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle) is a tactical mobile robot developed by iRobot and Boeing that gathers intelligence while humans are a safe distance away.

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The 320SUGV at work.

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The SeaGlider is a submarine robot that can work underwater for up to 7 months. It can be controlled from an iPad.

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The SeaGlider measures temperatures, salinity, and other qualities of the ocean then uses a satellite phone to send in the data.

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The configurable Warrior is basically a Lego Mindstorm for those with Bill Gates’s or Uncle Sam’s budget.

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It can even be used as a plow. How would you like that for the winter in the north?

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The PacBot has been around for a while - saving many lives in Iraq. It's thermal camera will provide images in complete darkness, smoke obscured areas and battlefields.

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The 80-inch arm extender lets the operator examine potential dangers from a relatively safe distance.

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The Negotiator is a smaller robot that can sneak into tight spaces.

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Monitoring the progress of the Negotiator.

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