Perhaps Hideo Kojima actually is some type of navy techno-future prophet. In a transfer that would’ve been cribbed straight from Kojima’s Steel Gear Stable 4: Weapons of the Patriots, the U.S. Military is exploring a human-robot buddy system that, like Snake’s setup in MGS4, will let troopers voyeuristically spy from afar the extra rapid risks that lurk round their robotic sidekick’s subsequent nook.
Within the online game, tech guru Otacon hooks Snake up with Steel Gear Mk. II, a pint-sized (and virtually cute) two-wheeled droid that broadcasts video and different important subject data again to Snake’s eyepatch. Otacon introduces the pleasant little fella as “a distant cellular terminal designed to give you operational help,” main Snake by all types of late-adopter’s grunts and grousing earlier than he begins to see how helpful an additional set of eyes might be.
In the true world, the Military Analysis Laboratory is testing what just about quantities to the identical factor. Describing its “robo-teammate” concept as “the primary human-robot crew through which the robotic detects bodily adjustments in 3D and shares that data with a human in real-time by augmented actuality,” the Military and researchers with the College of California, San Diego just lately published their findings from early subject testing on the 12th Worldwide Convention on Digital, Augmented, and Blended Actuality.
We’re not fully certain what drives all of the tech that makes the Steel Gear Mk. II go, however its real-life counterpart is described as a “cellular floor robotic” that makes use of LIDAR laser sensing to “construct a illustration of the surroundings,” which it delivers to a “human teammate.” Sadly, that teammate doesn’t get Snake’s cool eyepatch — however nonetheless scores huge know-how factors with AR-enabled glasses that show, in actual time, what the robotic scout “sees” through an augmented reality interface.
The potential makes use of for the Military’s diminutive droid are proper according to Snake’s. “This might let robots inform their Soldier teammates of adjustments within the surroundings that is perhaps missed by or not perceptible to the Soldier, giving them elevated situational consciousness and offset from potential adversaries,” defined Dr. Christopher Reardon, a researcher on the U.S. Military Fight Capabilities Growth Command’s Military Analysis Laboratory, within the undertaking’s news release. “This might detect something from camouflaged enemy troopers to IEDs.”
Within the idea’s debut outing, the primary factor researchers wished to check was whether or not the data the robotic despatched again was readable and helpful to its human handler — and the Military says the early outcomes look promising. “[M]ost engineering efforts to offer people with mixed-reality interfaces don’t look at teaming with autonomous cellular robots,” stated Reardon. However the take a look at demonstrated, in a real-world setting, that people within the subject may see and consider the shared data, and that it was dependable and strong sufficient (pun meant) to result in tactical human selections.
For now, the human-robot buddy system continues to be within the analysis stage. However the navy already believes its analysis is laying the groundwork for integration with different forward-looking gear — “future Soldier mixed-reality interfaces such because the Military’s Built-in Visible Augmentation System goggles, or IVAS.” By tweaking and refining the robotic’s AR talents to acknowledge threats, in addition to giving its human associate some robot-based choices for the right way to reply, the Military says it’ll use the analysis as a foundation for a tech-based subject partnership that would in the future see motion — even when the battle for greatest robotic character has already been determined within the Steel Gear Mk. II’s favor.