What if you could deploy your own Wi-Fi network with a robot, in an unconnected area? That would be pretty convenient right? And not just for checking your email and Facebook. A team of students at Northeastern University have built a robot that can do just that and it has many potential applications.
This tread-driven robot can deploy a WiFi network anywhere, even going over rough terrain. It uses and on-board camera and GPS, to help the operator drive and drop small WiFi repeater units to broaden the coverage. The robot to be controlled over the very network that it is dropping. That means that it’s range is whatever it wants it to be.
This robot is capable of doing reconnaissance by sending images and audio back down the repeater chain, which is big for the military. Everything is handled through a single web interface. I expect to see the military using this one very soon.