Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cisco smart bots act like rolling routers

Has this ever happened to you? You're deep behind enemy lines, about to
transmit target coordinates back to your command post for a good old
fashioned carpetbombing, and just as you're about to drop the longitude
in, your wireless network craps out! Actually, we really hope that
you've never found yourself in this position, but for those that do,
Cisco has developed a set of smart robots that tag along with their
master, constantly monitoring their connectivity and attempting to
bridge the connection in the event of drop outs. Part of the company's
"Information on the Move" initiative, the unnamed bots were revealed at
this week's Military Technologies Conference in Boston, where Cisco
told attendees that this tech -- if not the the bots themselves --
could eventually be incorporated in autonomous equipment ranging from
UAVs to Packbots.
Naturally us geeks would also be interested in these go-anywhere
communications relays, but until these bots find their way onto Newegg,
we'll have to continue our search for a human WiFi detector that will agree to be our wife.

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