Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) is one of the deadliest jobs in the military and it's no less dangerous here at home. But since Lieutenant-Colonel 'Peter' Miller designed the Wheelbarrow in 1972 against IRA IEDs in Northern Ireland, remote EOD robots have played an enormous part in explosive disarmarment. So when police find a suspicious package, they don't send in Officer Traven, they send in Officer tEODor.
The Telerob Explosive Ordinance Disposal and observation robot (tEODor) is a EOD platform designed and built by Telerob, part of Cobham systems. Since its debut in 2000, more than 400 tEODor systems have been deployed in 40 countries around the world for use in domestic bomb disposal. That's not to say it picks up bombs around the house, but rather that it's not constrained by size as its military sibling, the Telemax, is. As such, the tEODor is quite huge, measuring 4 feet tall by 4.5 feet long by 2.2 feet wide and tipping the scales at a whopping 826 pounds. With its tool boom fully raised, the system stands over nine feet tall.
And this robot is no slouch when it comes to power either. You thought the Big Dog throwing cinder blocks was impressive? The tEODor can push a sedan from its parking spot without breaking a sweat and dead lift up to 100kg. This system is also incredibly maneuverable, capable of climbing 45 degree slopes and clamoring over obstacles nearly ten inches tall on its rubber-treaded metal tracks.