Homeland Security Develops Bomb-Disposal Robot That Analyzes, Preserves Evidence While it Defuses
Short for semi autonomous pipe bomb end-cap remover, [SAPBER - pun on “sapper”? -] comes from The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.
A bomb-disposal robot first retrieves the pipe bomb, then SAPBER, piloted remotely, disassembles it using tools like cutting wheels and a twisting wrist so the inside material… can be emptied out by authorities and examined. Other techniques could damage the evidence while disabling it.
The bomb-disposal ‘bot places the bomb on SAPBER’s tray, and after it takes off a piece, collects it internally. While working, it also uses four video cameras to record the process for forensic use.
(via A New Robot Dismantles Pipe Bombs While Leaving Forensic Evidence Intact | Popular Science)