22 SERVO 04.2014
BACK ON THE BEAT
Researchers and students in FIU’s Discovery Lab have developed the
initial prototype of TeleBot — which combines telepresence and robotics —
to allow disabled police and military personnel to serve as patrol officers.
Unlike RoboCop, TeleBot is not expected to cause damage to life or
Researchers and students have worked for more than 18 months to
refine technology that will allow a disabled person to control the robot
remotely, see everything the robot “sees,” and interact with members of the
“This kind of project requires a lot of hard work, technical expertise,
and resources,” said Jong-Hoon Kim, director of the Discovery Lab. “We
had to build everything from scratch. The students are very motivated and feel like they are
making a real contribution.”
Having overcome multiple challenges — chief among them proper hand functioning —
the team has finished work on a prototype that stands six feet tall, weighs aout 75 pounds,
and can be controlled from a remote location.
The TeleBot project began in 2012 when Jeremy Robins, a lieutenant commander in the
US Navy Reserves, donated $20,000 to the Discovery Lab to develop an idea he had to bring
disabled law enforcement officers as well as disabled combat veterans back to the force.
YOU’LL MARVEL AT THIS NEW SUIT
The head of US Special Operations Command said the first prototypes of a new, Iron Man-like
protective suit could be ready for testing this summer.
Navy Adm. William McRaven said three unpowered prototypes of
the so-called Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit — known in military
parlance as TALOS — are being assembled and expect to be delivered
in June. The plan is to evaluate the technology with the goal of fielding a
system by August 2018, he said.
“That suit, if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement
in survivability and capability for special operators,” McRaven said during
the recent 25th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
conference held in Washington, D.C.
The technology may eventually include a powered exoskeleton,
advanced full-body armor, and situational-awareness displays, according
to the command’s official request for information.
The idea for the project came about several years ago after a member of special operations
forces was shot and killed while entering the door of a suspected insurgent, McRaven said.
Read more at http://defensetech.org/2014/02/11/admiral-iron-man-prototypes-