Robot dogs could assist agents detect illegal activity along border

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“Robot dogs” — four-legged headless machines mounted with cameras and sensors — may one day be prowling along the Southwest border, spotting undocumented migrants or sniffing out drug smugglers.

Department of Homeland Security officials have tested the 100-pound, four-legged prototypes in Virginia and Texas. Officials hope to equip the robots, developed by Philadelphia-based Ghost Robotics, with cameras and sensors to assist Border Patrol agents in detecting illegal activity. 

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