Carnegie Mellon is also responsible for some of the most advanced conventional robots ever developed. TFOT reported in 2006 on the 6.5-ton "Crusher" Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV). This behemoth is currently undergoing extensive field tests under the purview of the U.S. Army and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). It is predicted that vehicles like the Crusher will be used initially in convoy or support roles for the military.
In 2006, researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University created a unique spider-bot capable of walking on water. The robot could ultimately be equipped with biochemical sensors for monitoring water quality or deployed with cameras for spying or exploration missions of places, which are otherwise inaccessible. In addition, the robot could be programmed to communicate with a central computer or outfitted with bacteria that break down aquatic pollutants.
Other biologically inspired robots created by Carnegie Mellon researchers include a three legged Gecko-like machine that uses dry adhesion to stick to walls and ceilings as it climbs just like the actual reptile.
A video showing the spider-bot "walking" on water can be seen here. More information on some of the Carnegie Mellon robotic projects can be found on the University NanoRobotics lab webpage.
Image: Moving water strider robot prototype (Credit: Carnegie Mellon).