LANdroid WiFi Robots

LANdroid WiFi robots are the latest items from DARPA's technology wish-list. DARPA is soliciting proposals for intelligent autonomous radio relay nodes that are able to establish mesh networks in urban settings.


(LANdroids [pdf])

Ideally, a LANdroid unit would consist of a robotic platform - small, inexpensive, smart, and mobile (as shown in the photoshop artist's conception above). Warfighters would carry lots of them (they should be roughly palm-size) and then drop them as they go.


(LANdroids fit in the palm of your hand [pdf])

Together, the units would form a self-healing mesh network - multi-path, multi-hop and multiply connected. If a particular unit is taken out by the enemy (or possibly grabbed by some kid as a cool toy!), the network will route around the lost transmitter. LANdroid WiFi robots are the latest items from DARPA's technology wish-list. DARPA is soliciting proposals for intelligent autonomous radio relay nodes that are able to establish mesh networks in urban settings.


(LANdroids have self-healing networks [pdf])

The DARPA guys should check out this multi-hop RFID-based network of tags used to track monkeys. The idea is that the tags placed on the tracked animals will themselves form the network.

A similar kind of model is used in this RFID Sensor Tag Shower For Disasters; this idea uses tiny RFID tags to blanket an area to provide a quick network for rescuers.

Via The Register.

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