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Can robots smell out landmines?

Sun, 27th Apr 2008

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Question

Pooki Amsterdam, Second Life asked:

Can you programme robots to smell out landmines?

Answer

Probably you could but you need to rely on some kind of electronic nose, these e-noses.  I donít know how good our technology is at the moment with sniffing these things out with something thatís portable and cheap.  The benefit of combining a simple robot with a well trained Mongoose is that itís very low-cost and it is quite disposable.  If you blow up a very expensive equipment obviously thereís a greater cost to that.

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