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The Packbots Are Coming
IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine (2014)
  • Katina Michael, University of Wollongong
  • M.G. Michael, University of Wollongong

High-tech robots called PackBots will be unleashed during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to help boost security and examine suspicious objects. The Brazilian government purportedly spent US$7.2 million to buy 30 military-grade robots from designers iRobot that will police the stadiums throughout Brazil’s 12 host cities during soccer matches. PackBot is a hunk of metal with an extendable arm and tactile claw, jam-packed on-board sensors and a computer with overheat protection, nine high-resolution cameras and lasers and two-way audio. But is it overkill to implement wartime robots to a sporting event?

  • packbots,
  • robots,
  • UAV,
  • unmanned vehicles,
  • sensors,
  • GPS,
  • GIS,
  • chemicals,
  • analyse,
  • claws,
  • AI,
  • ethics
Publication Date
July 1, 2014
Citation Information
Katina Michael and M.G. Michael. "The Packbots Are Coming" IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine Vol. 3 Iss. 3 (2014)
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