What task does the robot perform? What human function or task does this robot simulate?
This robot is an un-manned vehicle that was designed for reconnaissance and support roles on the battlefield, and it navigates through extreme terrain such as rocks and human barriers. The human functions this robot performs is surveying the battlefield and it carries weapons.
Where is this robot used? What is its work envelope.
This robot is used on battlefields around the globe. This robot has a work envelope of 360 degrees because the arm on top of the robot can rotate all the way around.
Is this robot multi-functional. If so, what other functions does this robot perform.
This robot is multi-functional because it can be outfitted to carry almost anything. It can carry supplies to soldiers or it can carry a weapon for battle roles.
How is this robot taught to perform it's task.
Most robots are programmed with computer software and a couple of computer-techs. However, this robot is a government vehicle so the exact programming is classified information.
What sensors does the robot have and how does this robot use those sensors.
This robot has a laser sensor to scan the area around it, a couple of color cameras to send back video to it's operator, and a pair of stereo cameras to transfer sound.
Name some advantages and disadvantages of using a robot to complete this task.
The advantages to using this robot is that it can take the role of a soldier on the battlefield without risking the life of the soldier, also it can move across enemy territory without attracting much attention. The disadvantages of using this robot are if the robot malfunctions, you can't go into the battle field to retrieve it, also if the enemy captures this robot, you can't use this robot for surveillance again.
Describe the impact that this robot has had or could have on its intended audience.
This robot has impacted the way that military soldiers survey the battlefield and how they save the lives of people around them. It has also impacted the way the military views how robots can help them in certain situations.
What type of jobs/careers can this robot create to provide employment for people?
This robot can create careers by having technicians work on and repair the robot. A few more careers can be created because this robot is constantly having to be upgraded and changed out with different equipment.
Predict and explain how this robot may be altered to perform more or different tasks in the future.
This robot may be altered be having its payload (the stuff it carries) changed out from say a camera to a weapon. This helps the robot turn from a surveyor into an unmanned infantry vehicle.