iRobot’s Tiny ‘Ember’ Bot Creates an Ad-Hoc Network for Soldiers.

iRobot's 'Ember'

iRobot's 'Ember'


iRobot, widely known for its Roomba line of house vacuuming robots, also makes military robots.


‘Ember’, is their book-sized autonomous robot designed for the LANdroids program. LANdroids is a DARPA program which seeks the following:

DARPA:
This program will help to solve the urban communications problem by creating intelligent autonomous robotic radio relay nodes, called LANdroids (Local Area Network droids), which work to establish and maintain mesh networks that support voice and data traffic. Through autonomous movement and intelligent control algorithms, LANdroids can mitigate many of the communications problems present in urban settings, e.g., relaying signals into shadows and making small adjustments to reduce multi-path effects.

LANdroids will be pocket-sized and inexpensive. The concept of operations is that war fighters will carry several LANdroids, which they drop as needed during deployment. The LANdroids then form the mesh network and work to maintain it – establishing a communications infrastructure that supports the warfighters in that region.

One of Ember’s duties is to keep soldiers in communication. In urban environments, buildings and angle of incidents between wireless devices can greatly affect signal propagation. LANdroids are tasked with autonomously seeking a position that keeps the network alive, while still maintaining other missions objectives.

In urban environments, buildings and angle of incidents between wireless devices greatly affect signal propagation. LANdroids must autonomously seek a position that keeps the network alive.

In urban environments, buildings and angle of incidents between wireless devices greatly affect signal propagation. LANdroids must autonomously seek a position that keeps the network alive.

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