Robotics firm builds pirate-watching ‘Spybot’

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Modern-day pirates may soon be getting a little more attention than they want, thanks to ReconRobotics' latest invention: a tiny robot that can climb up the side of the pirates' boats and send video back to the authorities.

The spybot, which is still in development, is based on the "Recon Scout" throw-bot, a rugged, barbell-sized robot designed to be thrown into difficult or dangerous terrain and scout the area out. The spybot can be fired from a cannon at a pirate ship, whereupon its magnetic wheels will stick to the ship's steel hull, allowing the robot to sneak aboard.

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