Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stealthy Robot "Ferret" Sniffs Out Contraband


Calling a lithe, sniffing robot a "ferret" raises hopes that it'll be rather cuter than the mockup pictured, but the cargo-screening device in development has capabilities that outshadow its aesthetic shortcomings. Though still in its beginning stages -- working prototypes will be ready in about two years -- this robot will revolutionize airport and seaport security by serving as an all-in-one drug, weapon, explosive, and illegal-stowaway detection powerhouse.

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