Photos: Robot makers rev their rescue-bots

Robot makers put their gear into action Monday for a round of performance tests hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Institutes of Standards and Technologies. The tests were intended to help search and rescue operations, both governmental and private, make purchase decisions.

In this photo, Brno University of Technology professor Ludek Zalud wears goggles he designed to let the wearer see what the rescue robot sees.

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