South Korea's DMZ Sentry Robot Is Licensed to KillS

There are few borders more heavily guarded than the one dividing North and South Korea. That became even more true last month, when Seoul stationed a a heat-, voice-, and motion-detecting surveillance robot in the Demilitarized Zone. With guns.

The $330,000 unit will serve in the central section of the DMZ, and is considered a test to determine the practicality of broader deployment. It's outfitted with both a gun and a 40mm automatic grenade launcher, which are controlled from a remote command center.

While this is a sentry robot—though one that's armed and dangerous—Seoul's robotic efforts include Terminator-like combat bots that would actually join human soldiers in the battlefield. [Telegraph UK]