Sure, the BEAR robot is a bit terrifying to look at, but one day, after you discover the pipe bomb your estranged wife left in the mailbox, this automaton could very well save your life.
Funded by the Army, the BEAR locates victims, removes hazardous materials, and can even carry 500-lb. loads over long distances. It's another 'bot in a long line of battlefield helpers that have pretty much transformed the way soldiers deal with disarming certain deadly encounters in the field. Except this one, you know, looks like a bear. [CNET]