Man Eating Eatr Robot Could Soon Roll Into War Zones

07.15.09 | FL News Team

The Pentagon could soon have the use of a four-wheeled, cannibalizing robot that can refuel itself by eating the dead bodies of people and animals in war zones.  Maryland-based Robotic Technology has designed the steam-powered bionic machine called "EATR," an acronym for Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot.  The robot can also obtain its organically-based fuels not only from people and animals, but by devouring plants and wood.  Its inner workings consist of a combustion chamber the uses biomass to heat water in a loop that produces its power.  The military could use the robotic platform to erect a migratory gunship, command center or even a transport for long-endurance missions.