Photos: Robot rescuer for wounded soldiers

The latest twist on getting robots to do dangerous jobs--like carrying wounded soldiers out of the line of fire--comes from a company called Vecna Technologies: the Bear, short for "battlefield extraction and retrieval robot." Currently just a prototype, the Bear has been able to pick up a fully weighted human dummy and, in an upright position, carry it for more than 50 minutes straight, according to the company.

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