The Air Force will begin using “Throwbots,” reconnaissance micro robots that can capture audio and video feeds for base security missions.
Airmen of the 96th Security Forces Squadron (96th SFS), at Eglin Air Force Base, located in Florida, were supplied with the small, football-sized, throwable robots.
The equipment will be used to help clear buildings, locate and identify suspects and confirm the layout of rooms during hostage situations. The robots can also be used for vehicle inspections at base checkpoints and random anti-terrorism missions.
“It took five minutes for me to learn how to use it,” said Leon Gray, from the 96th SFS, after looking at the device at a trade show.
The Throwbot is rugged and can survive a fall from 30 feet. Airmen can even tow up to 4 pounds of gear with it.
A camera on the front allows the operator to remotely control the device with a handheld joystick.
Similar equipment has been deployed in police departments across the country: