I did not believe.
He said:
When my robots storm
your front lawn
you will understand.
Christopher Kline
Most robots in 2015 are either industrial robots or toys, but there exist some devices that are quite relevant for the InfoWar.


A common kind of all-around robot. Around 1.5 meters high and one meter wide, with a large fairly strong manipulator and two fine manipulators. It trundles along on two tracks. It can be programmed or run through teleoperation. Explorer-style robots were originally used by bomb squads and rescue operations, but have become standard in industry applications the last years for moving things around, repairs or some menial tasks. Price: 4,000 IOU, Spec

Telepresence rigs

Using a virtual reality set it is possible to control a robotic mechanism that does the same as the user. This is used by bomb squads, undersea operations, surgeons or engineers to work in hostile or inaccessible places, using robots or actuators to do the physical work. They are uncommon, but in use. The VR set usually requires hifi sensors and tactile feedback, while the actuator needs to be fairly flexible (otherwise it is more like a fancy radio controlled toy). Standardized robotic arms and hands similar to their human counterparts exist, and can be attached to drones, bomb crawlers or surgical racks.

Siemens WE-2013 Surgical Teleoperator

A kind of robot for use in the operating theater. It looks like a box (housing the electronics) with several movable arms on top. Two or three are manipulators, where tools or robot hands can be plugged in, the rest are cameras or spotlights. One or more endoscopes can be connected, and there are standard connectors to other medical equipment. The WE2013 is a quite robust design that can be used for teleoperated surgery; it has been used linked to a satellite connection and solar cells in relief operations around the globe quite successfully. Price: 5,000 IOU, Spec/Rest (only sold to accredited hospitals or medical organizations)


Flying surveillance drones have been under development for several decades, and are now a common sight above many major cities. They are little more than radio controlled miniature helicopters or blimps, equipped with surveillance cameras and sometimes with a semi-autonomous onboard agent. Military versions are used for reconnaissance, forward observation, dropping "packages" (especially non-lethal weapons) or even as mini-gunships. Communication is through radio, IR or laser. Autonomous drones exist, but they are not very common outside the military: too expensive and unreliable. Drones tend to be subjected to complex rules for air safety, public monitoring and telecommunications; in practice most governments want to keep private drones away outdoors.

UbiTech Cloud: A small drone intended for quiet monitoring. It is covered with a while plastic shell 25 centimeters across, containing a silent but powerful fan that can be used to hover motionless in the air, or fly around at 30 km/hour. It has a camera with flexible lenses, and can send signals through the net. Popular in some places as part of a moving security system. Price: 3,200 IOU, Res.

Seagull 2.3: A larger drone platform, manufactured by Mitsubishi. Around one meter across, able to fly at 60 km/hour, land and do various aeronautical stunts. Robot parts can be added, for example manipulators, telepresence, signal monitoring systems, solar panels for extended flight or weapons (in military versions). Price: 7,000 IOU Res.

When the smarts come marchin' in

Multipurpose Security and Surveillance Mission Platform


Gnatbots are the result of twenty years of animats and miniaturization. Tiny robots, often just a few millimeters large, controlled by simple minds with insect-like behaviors like scouting, hiding, escaping or flying. Their use for surveillance and exploration are obvious. Some Concordat roboticists are working on a nanotech version, which would be a swarm of submillimeter flies able to act together.

Microbots and the end of secrets?

Cockroach (IRSD 34): a standard gnatbot design that can be customized, made by several robotics companies such as Cybernation Mobile Robotics, Mekatronix and Securetech. It is mainly used for inspections inside machinery, rescue operations and scouting. Around the size of a large bug (around two centimeters long) with a carapace of hard plastic (coloring depending on maker and customizing). The Cockroach is fairly tough and has an active time of several hours of moving before needing a recharge. It cannot fly, just walk or climb using its six legs. It communicates using radio broadcasts, although some models have been customized to use infrared signals or carry a fiber-optic cable. Standard sensors are a small camera and collision sensors, but sonar, microphone, infrared and electronic sensors can be built in. For a gnatbot it is fairly stupid in the default configuration, and usually practically run by remote control. Price: 300 IOU Spec

Mosquito: An advanced spy gnatbot; the prototype was developed by Seiko, but several other groups seem to have developed their own versions or copied theirs. The Mosquito looks practically identical to a small, transparent mosquito, complete with mosquito-like behavior. It is made of light plastic, and contains a small neural net brain and advanced vision systems. It cannot hear, but can transmit what it sees using radio or infrared. Price: 1,000 IOU Spec, Ill

Mite: The state of the art in the Concordat, the result of a collaboration between NRG1 and NMS Brussels. The mite is just 0.2 millimeters across, a silicon microbot with a nanocomputer brain and simple behavioral programs. It is completely autonomous, and controlled by simple stimuli such as sunlight, pheromone commands or pre-programmed instincts. It can record up to 24 hours of sound before its memory is filled. Price: 9,000 IOU Dev, Ill