Robot Sniper Spotter
There's an interesting article (HERE) in the Boston Globe about a "Sniper Spotter" mounted on to of an iRobot PackBot being developed and tested by a joint effort of IRobot Corporation, the maker of the robotic vacuum cleaners, and Boston University.
It's called REDOWL (for Robot Enhanced Detection Outpost with Lasers).
Here's some excerpts:
"REDOWL is based on iRobot's PackBot, a battery-powered lightweight robot already in active service with the armed forces. PackBots are used to explore dangerous terrain or enter buildings to search for booby traps.
In theory, a REDOWL system could fire back at an enemy........
........it would be dangerous to have a weapon-toting robot that could open fire on its own."
Hat tip to Slashdot for the story