|Marathon Robotics' Rover in Action|
Think of them as the Crash-Test Dummies for basic training. The video of the Rover system are downright creepy, like something out of a Robot Zombie movie. They have no arms or legs, and rely on a Segway two-wheeled platform. They can take a bullet hit, have sophisticated algorithms that make them unpredictable, can operate in all weather conditions, etc. I can imagine this system having a host of other uses, like scaring the heck out of the natives in a remote village, sort of like that scene in the Princess Bride where they scare the castle guard with a fake burning giant.
Here is the video:
Marathon's web site and press release is at this link.
SingularityHub posted something about this system back in April, before the $50 million contract was announced.