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Saturday, September 23, 2006

A cold-blooded weapon

WALTHAM

This is not your friendly, helpful robot.

Foster-Miller, a Waltham-based company, has developed a machine-gun-equipped robot, named Sword. The robot was recently certified as safe for use in the armed forces.

Clearly, these are not machines to be messed with.

"Sometime in the coming months, chances are that we'll be seeing TV reports that an armed remote-controlled robot has been used in anger for the first time," Foster-Miller general manager Bob Quinn told the New Scientist.

-- Erica Tochin

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