The military is designing a robotic “butler” that will provide
cover fire, ammo, food and peace of mind during combat
The American soldier may soon have a personal combat-ready sidekick that will fetch him essentials such as water, ammo and medicine and provide extra firepower when hes under attack. Its a robotic servant dubbed BirdDog thats in the works by the U.S. Navy and the private research firm Science Applications International Corporation. BirdDog is designed to complement the militarys future fleet of unmanned vehicles, which are expected to account for one third of all ground combat vehicles by 2015.