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Transcript of Foster-Miller TALON
The Talon began helping with military operations in Bosnia in 2000, deployed to Afghanistan in early 2002 and has been in Iraq since the war started, assisting with improvised explosive device detection and removal. Talon robots had been used in about 20,000 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan by the end of 2004. FOSTER-MILLER TALON Foster-Miller TALON(Tasks)
The TALON robot is used for bomb disposal.
The TALON also was used to locate victims and debris at the World Trade Center.
The TALON takes the place of a soldier in battle. TALON robots can be configured with M240 or M249 machine guns or Barrett 50-caliber rifles used to take out targets.
TALON have been used in search and rescue. The robot is controlled through a two-way radio or a Fiber-optic link from a portable or wearable Operator Control Unit that provides continuous data and video feedback for precise vehicle positioning. The TALON is remotely operated, where the device is controlled by an operator in another location. Mounted on the TALON robot are:
* Smiths APD 2000 advanced portable chemical agent detector.
* Draeger Multiwarn II gas detector.
* Raytek Raynger MX4+ temperature sensor.
* Thermo FH40GL radiation detector.
The APD 2000 detects chemical warfare agents, gamma radiation and irritants such as pepper spray and mace. The Draeger Multiwarn II can measure more than 50 gases including carbon dioxide, methane, propane, fuels and solvents. The Raytek Raynger MX4+ is the most advanced portable thermometer in the industry and the only one designed with precise infrared beam tracking. It is accurate to within 1 deg. C and can be used to remotely sense the heat of a fire behind a closed door. The Thermo FH40GL takes measurements between 30 kilo-electron-volts and 1.3 mega-electron-volts and can record a radiological exposure rate from 1 micro-Roentgen per hour to 10 Roentgens per hour. Foster-Miller integrated the four sensors into one hand-held PDA (personal digital assistant) so that robot operators can send TALON to check an area for the presence of chemicals, radiation, gases or fires before personnel enter. ADVANTAGES Disadvantages Takes soldiers out of the way of harm.
First person experience.
Can endure more damage than a human.
Can fit into places humans can't. 6+12=18 Other tasks Control Sensors Difficult to repair
Expensive to produce
People must be trained to control the robot. Impact On Military The U.S. Military feels safer knowing that soldiers are out of the line of fire, but still doing their jobs.
The robot saves the lives of American soldiers.
The robot makes our military more confident. Jobs/Careers The TALON robot could provide many jobs including designers, technicians, programmers, operators, engineers, and many more. Altering I predict that the TALON could be modified to be used more for civil servant use like a police force, bomb squad, FBI, or fire dept. 1.) I think a robot that will provide public services will have the most impact on humans. I think this because public services are things that benifit people every day and they are in high demand.
2) The concerns I have for the future use of robots are that they could become too smart and start making decisions on their own, and there could be bad results coming from that.
3.) What I think about giving up control to a machine is that it will make humans rely too much on technology, and when something goes wrong we won't know how to do the work without the robot. Conclusion ?s