While grand-scale robotics programs like DARPA's Big Dog project may spark our sci-fi fancy, they're still years away from the front lines. This half-pint unmanned ground vehicle, however, will immediately start saving lives by acting as a Special Forces scout.
Given Israel's precarious position within the Middle East, border security is of paramount importance. Problem is—it's also labor-intensive and really quite dangerous. That's why the IDF puts a fleet of autonomous off-roaders between its human forces and the front lines.
First introduced in 2005, the Rip Saw is about to hit the market with a $200,000 price tag. The custom-built UGV can hit 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, go 80 mph, and can maneuver over any surface or terrain a tank can. And the video is pretty good; watch as it drives through a barn as if it were the cardboard box your handset…