While almost weekly we hear about some new Pirate attack against shipping targets around the world. Their taking of hostages and holding crew and cargo for ransom seems to have become a national industry in some parts of the world. Until now we had not hear of many new tools being used of added to the arsonel of weapons to combat this.
ReconRobotics recent release of a beer-can sized robot based on it’s Throwbot, has bee adapted to be fired from a cannon and stick magnetically to the side of a ship then climb up onto deck. It can be guided remotely around to see what’s going on with an infrared camera as well. The video below show’s the throwbot in use in a tactical senario used by a SWAT team.
Sources: TGDaily, ReconRobotics