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Throwbot XT -A Soldier’s Best Friend

Written by on Monday, August 19th, 2013

Imagine the challenge of being a soldier tasked with clearing a room in hostile territory in an unfamiliar building with known insurgents in the area. Current tactics rely upon a four man team of trained soldiers to execute the task with risk of entering an ambush of hostiles or booby-trap explosives aimed at causing harm on anyone that should enter the room. With this thought in mind, the company Recon Robotics has developed a micro-robot called the Throwbot XT.

The Throwbot XT is capable of being thrown like a hand grenade into a potential threat area and transmitting both TV and IR video and audio back to the hand-controller for viewing and listening intelligence in an area. The device is designed to withstand the impact and shock of a toss up to 120 feet (36 meters) and has been drop tested to 30 feet. The Throwbot XT can also maneuver with use of the wheeled-system to position the camera and audio buy diazepam online devices for better reconnaissance and moves at a maximum speed of 1.5 feet per second. It has a 60 degree field-of-view and takes video of up to 30 frames per second. The battery can hold a charge for up to 60 minutes on level terrain and uses a replacement battery which can be readily installed if required.

The Throwbot XT is currently being used in Afghanistan for room clearing operations and is also being used by SWAT teams here in the United States. The Throwbot XT uses a relatively simple design and is fitted with an avionics package that is very useful for its intended purpose. With our adversaries evolving and becoming more deadly, having a device like the Throwbot XT certainly levels the field a bit and has truly become a soldier’s best friend in an unfriendly world.

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