2What is FOSTER MILLER?Foster-Miller, Inc., is a technology and product development company with an international reputation for delivering and supporting innovative products and systems that perform under the most demanding conditions.
3Family of Military Robots Products & ServicesFamily of Military RobotsDragon Runner™ (15 to 50 lb)TALON® (80 to180 lb)MAARS™ (300 to 400 lb)TAGS-CX (5,000 to 6,000 lb)TALON Ground Robotics includes four “families” of RobotsEasily distinguished by size: small, medium, large and extra largeAll controlled with one new Digital Control Unit (DCU)
4How are TALON robots different from other robots on the market? Man-portable -- easily transported.Rugged -- TALON robots are built to last.Fast -- TALON is the fastest robot on the market.High payload capacity -- Long-term system versatility optimizes investment.Mobile -- Climbs stairs, negotiates rock piles, plows through snow.Intuitive -- Easiest robot to operate; joystick controls; quad screen display.Outstanding situational awareness -- Can hold up to four color cameras.Withstands repeated decontamination – Can withstand many decontaminations.Long battery life -- Has the longest battery life of all man-portable robots.Best service history -- Easy to maintain and sustain.
5Handheld Version of SURC OCU/Robot Communications Soldier Universal Robot Controller SoftwareHandheld Version of SURCSURC User InterfaceSoftware program SURC enables the following capabilities:• Seamless integration between operators and multiple unmanned assets• Automatic discovery of available unmanned assets in the network and their capabilities• Command and control using MIL-STD symbology and mission creation lexicon• User-replaceable software modules to add additional tactical, user interface, control capabilities.OCU/Robot CommunicationsWireless Options• Digital data/analog video (standard), 500 to 800m line of sight (LOS) digital video (optional)• High gain antenna (optional) extends range to 1200m LOSFiber Optics• Buffered cable 300m
6Dragon Runner™ (15 to 50 lb) Originally developed for the U.S. Marines Weighs 14 lb and measures 12.2 x 16.6 x 6 inGives user’s the ability to “see around corners”Can add treads, flippers, cameras, sensors, and/or armsCan be used for under vehicle inspections, to climb buildings, etc.
7TALON® (80 to180 lb)Controlled through a two-way radio or fiber optic lineOCU (Operator Control Unit) can be portable or wearableOne of the fastest robots, easily keeps pace with a running soldierCan travel through sand, water, and snow (up to 100 feet deep) as well as climb stairsTransmits in color, black/white, infrared, and/or night vision to its operator up to 1,000 m
8(Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) MAARS™ (300 to 400 lb)(Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System)Uses the more powerful M240B medium machine gunMAARS is a ROV (remotely operated vehicle)Significant improvements in command and control, situational awareness, maneuverability, mobility, and safety, compared to its predecessorMAARS is not autonomous
9(Tactical Amphibious Ground Support System - Common eXperimental) TAGS-CX (5,000 to 6,000 lb)(Tactical Amphibious Ground Support System - Common eXperimental)The overall TAGS-CX concept is to have one general purposeTAGS-CX can be easily configured for a number of different missionsCapability not provided by any currently available unmanned ground system
10Where have TALON Robots been used? TALON robots have been in continuous, active military service since 2000Used in Bosnia for the safe movement and disposal of live grenadesOnly American-made robots successfully used at Ground Zero in search and recoveryFirst military robots taken into Afghanistan during action against the TalibanWere on the ground in Kuwait when coalition forces massed in 2003Have been in Iraq since performing EOD/IED (improvised explosive device) missions
11COSTSWORDS (talon family) cost – approx. $230,000Train a US soldier (Armor or Cavalry) cost – approx. $100,000 to $200,000.
12Foster-Miller are currently at work on a "Game Boy" style controller with virtual-reality goggles for future operators
13Video: http://www.foster-miller.com/images/Videos/Padlock.wmv QUESTIONS??(technical site)Robots Run Amok?The thought of robots motoring around with deadly weapon systems mounted on them is disturbing to many people. Could a robot go berserk and start shooting at people indiscriminately?Military officials and robot designers say this is almost impossible. The robots don't operate autonomously very often, relying on remote human operators most of the time. Even if a robot with a gun were allowed to operate on its own, and it did go out of control, the push of a button on the control unit is all that would be needed to reboot the robot to safe mode.Video:Sources Cited-Wikipedia.orgFoster-Miller.comHowstuffWorks.com