Shooting this robot helps make better soldiers

IDG News Service | Mar 2, 2016

These are target robots, developed by an Australian company for use on military training ranges. The U.S Marine Corp recently tested them out in California as potential replacements for the paper targets used today.

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These are target robots, developed by an Australian company for use on military training ranges.

The U.S Marine Corp recently tested them out in California as potential replacements for the paper targets used today.

They don’t look very fierce, but are apparently a real improvement just because they can move in unpredictable ways. The paper targets just move on rails.

An operator can control the robots with a laptop computer and they can be programmed to respond when hit, or when other robots in the group are hit.

A GPS system is used to guide them around and they have sensors to avoid hitting objects or obstacles in their way. Each robot can be hit thousands of times while still maintaining its structure.