FIU students test version of RoboCop prototype

By Associated Press
Published On: Feb 12 2014 11:46:01 AM EST
MIAMI -

A group of students in Miami is testing a prototype of their version of a RoboCop that will allow disabled police and military personnel to serve as patrol officers.

Researchers and students with Florida International University's Discovery Lab have developed the TeleBot, which combines telepresence and robotics. They will take part in a demonstration on Wednesday.

The school said the prototype allows a disabled person to control the robot remotely, see everything the robot "sees" and interact with members of the public. The Telebot stands six feet tall and weighs about 75 pounds. It's controlled from a remote location.

The project began in 2012 when Jeremy Robins, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, donated $20,000 to the Discovery Lab to develop the idea.

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