Engineers at the University of Coimbra in Portugal convert a robot into an autonomous landmine-detecting machine in an effort to save lives.
The United Nations reports that since the 1960s as many as 110 million landmines have been spread globally into some 70 countries. Metal detectors are currently used to try and locate the mines, but a new startup has come up with a prototype that could more quickly identify the mines by providing a visual confirmation via smartphones.
There are two basic ways to clear a field of deadly landmines. You can tiptoe around poking and prodding for them, then dig them up while trying to avoid setting them off, or you can go around pounding the dirt trying to trigger them deliberately. The Digger D-3 uses this second method, unleashing its own form of whoopass on anything that dares to get in its way.