FIFA may be implementing goal-sensing technology in international soccer games, but the World Cup is getting even more high-tech with military robot security. iRobot announced today $7.2 million in contracts to provide Brazil with military PackBot robots for security at the 2014 World Cup. PackBots have been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and even inside Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. As part of the deal, Brazil will get 30 PackBot 510 units, which usually cost about $100,000 to $200,000 apiece. The contracts include services, spares, and associated equipment. The camera-equipped, remote-operated robots can give users a close-up look at suspicious objects, or explore dangerous environments, while keeping operators safe from harm.
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"iRobot Military Bots Will Patrol the 2014 World Cup" by @ShellyPalmer
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