The Xtreme VGTV from American Standard Robotics is designed to climb over rough terrain. Recently, these robots were used in Biloxi, Miss., to enter flooded houses and take pictures, which helped rescue workers identify if beams and other support structures still existed. The machine costs about $30,000.
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