The folks at Boeing and iRobot are joining forces to build a lighter, faster and smarter version of iRobot's Packbot. The new SUVG Early will be used for bomb disposal and disaster relief operations.

Despite its midget Johnny 5 looks, the bot will have a video camera and infrared sensors, which along with its toughened shell, will allow its operator to guide it through rugged terrain. It's expected to be ready for use next year.

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Press Release [via Gearfuse]