Meet the Real-Life War MachinesBrent Rose12/26/11 3:00pmFiled to: Bots of WarBombsWariRobotPackBotsugvAfghanistanIraqIedEODWarriorJambotTop151EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Like the prologue of any robopocalypse movie where the machines rise up to destroy us, most of the robots we hear about do things we could do, but don't want to. They mop our floors. They put together cars. They die for us. When you hear "iRobot," you probably think of squat, circular roboslaves doomed to a life of sucking up the detritus at our feet, endlessly whirring and crashing into walls and yelping pets. Or maybe Asimov stories that became bad Will Smith movies. But iRobot makes robots that save peoples' lives every day. When there's a bomb threat in the U.S., or when an IED is discovered in Afghanistan, these are the robots that go in and get their hands (clamps?) dirty. Or blown off.The Packbot and 310 SUGV (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle) both star in my favorite thing on TV: Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan (whose season finale is tomorrow night). You see them in almost every episode. They go down range and do something that the Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit would have had to risk their lives for. Occasionally, they don't come back.