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Brazil Plans to Augment World Cup Security with Robots

Brazilian law enforcement will get high-tech assistance during the 2014 World Cup soccer games from 30 robots. The national government purchased the machines for $7.2 million. They will be stationed in the 12 host cities during the soccer matches and will primarily be used to help examine any suspicious objects. The small and sturdy robot, which weighs roughly 40 pounds, is designed to fit in a backpack such that a human can deploy it immediately. It is able to reach speeds of up to 9 miles/hour and can navigate uneven and steep terrain, but it is also submersible at depths of up to 2 meters. The PackBot robot is made by Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot. It was first deployed in 2002 in Afghanistan and has since been used by the military in Iraq and several other countries. The PackBot was also the first remote controlled robot to enter the Fukushima nuclear facility after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. (SlashDot)(International Business Times UK)(Robohub) 

DARPA Creating Robotic Hands

DARPA, which is conducting numerous robotics-related projects designed to aid US soldiers in the field, has created a low-cost robotic hand. The latest work by its Autonomous Robotic Manipulation program is a step toward creating robots with dexterous hands. The agency designed its new device to cost $3,000. A robot was able to use the new hand to change a tire by itself. The new hands could be key to developing robots able to operate autonomously in the field on tasks such as finding and defusing improvised explosive devices or inspecting suspicious packages. DARPA is collaborating with researchers from iRobot, the US Sandia National Laboratory, the University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University, and NASA to create a robotic arm with multifingered hands. (CNET)(Gizmodo)(DARPA Autonomous Robotic Manipulation)

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