Bomb disposal robots: the new frontier

Army Technology | January 02, 2019

Bomb disposal robots have been around a long time and the technology has come a long way. One of the latest, Taurus, is piloted with a virtual reality headset giving pilots unprecedented control. From autonomy to battery innovations, what trends are most prevalent in the world of bomb disposal robots?
Robots are designed to carry out tasks humans either don’t want to or can’t do. Disarming and disposing of bombs is one of the most potentially hazardous professional activities out there, and matters are complicated even further when disposing of explosives on the battlefield. So designing drones in the 1970s to carry out this dangerous task was just a smart move.
Bomb disposal was one of the first practical applications for robotics, and since their implementation 50 years ago, bomb disposal robots have undergone a dramatic transformation - from the first Wheelbarrow units controlled with a series of ropes to modern units using virtual reality (VR) and advanced sensory feedback.

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