Meet DOGO, a cute little robot that looks like a wifi router on wheels. But follow Dalton’s advice from Road House – “be nice”.
DOGO is different from most robots in that its only purpose in life is to find and eliminate terrorists.
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Designed by Tel Aviv-based General Robotics Ltd., DOGO is a 24-pound, pistol-packing killer robot for close-quarter combat and counterterrorism operations.
Named after the Dogo Argentino, a breed of big game-hunting mastiffs bred to be fiercely protective of their human handlers, the drone looks more like a digital chihuahua, but fills a unique role on the battlefield.
“No robot out there on the market is organically designed to engage the target,” said Shahar Gal, vice president for business development.
Armed with a 9mm Glock 26 pistol, reportedly carrying 14 rounds of ammunition, the DOGO is paired to its operator using a small tablet. The operator simple taps the screen where he wants to shoot and the system follows the command. Capable of firing 5 rounds per second, the unit shows little to no recoil thanks to it’s heft.
A demonstration video shows the system encountering a terrorist wearing body armor and being used to quickly adjust aim to the head. The system is also seen scoring fast, repeat bullseyes on a paper target.
General Robotics claims the machine is so intuitive that a soldier can operate the robot after just a few minutes of training.
“We put a lot of emphasis on safety, starting with the software and extending to the hardware and firm ware,” said company founder and chief executive Udi Gal, former deputy director of the Israeli MoD’s research and development division.
“Our slogan is risk the Dogo, not personnel,” he said.
A common concern with robotic systems is the risk of hacking, but DOGO handles that by having a single direct connection between the unit and the operator, minimizing access points.
“All the software is running on the robot itself. The server is on the robot itself and the tracking is done intuitively by the robot itself. … Within this 12-kilo system, we’ve packed very complex technology,” Udi Gal said.