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The mobile remote-controlled device is designed specifically for law-enforcement purposes to venture into areas that might prove unsafe.

Akron police recently purchased the AVATAR Micro robot from RoboteX for $11,445 and plans to make it a regular member of the department’s SWAT unit. The department will make the robot available to all Summit County safety forces.

On Thursday, several area safety workers took turns operating the device.

The AVATAR is operated with a hand-held controller similar to one used for a remote-controlled car and has two infrared color cameras that provide a 360-degree image of what the robot is seeing. The robot also has a two-way radio that police can use to communicate with someone inside a home.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal Online

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