I know I should be frightened by this, but I actually think it’s pretty cool. Also the possibilities for recycling biomass into usable energy seems fairly potent outside of the military possibilities.
Robotic Tecnology Inc.’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that’s right, “EATR” — “can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable,” reads the company’s Web site.
That “biomass” and “other organically-based energy sources” wouldn’t necessarily be limited to plant material — animal and human corpses contain plenty of energy, and they’d be plentiful in a war zone.
EATR will be powered by the Waste Heat Engine developed by Cyclone Power Technology of Pompano Beach, Fla., which uses an “external combustion chamber” burning up fuel to heat up water in a closed loop, generating electricity.
There’s no end for this platform, with the company insisting they can build ambulances, communication centers, transport ships or even mobile gunships.
Cue the apocalypse now.