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Posted on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 : 12:58 p.m.

University of Michigan developing robot to find hidden weapons using radar

By Amy Biolchini

A lab at the University of Michigan is developing a radar system to detect concealed bombs and weapons, according to media reports.

The idea first took shape when researchers manipulated a radar device similar to the kind law enforcement agencies use to detect the speeds of drivers.


A new radar system being developed at the University of Michigan could help detect concealed weapons in crowd situations.

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The U-M lab is now working on a smaller version of the radar system for a robot using funding from the U.S. Army, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The device could easily be used in public places because it does not need to be close to an individual to detect a device like a metal detector needs to be, according to the report.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Mon, Apr 22, 2013 : 9:54 p.m.

Wow...the U-M is part of the war machine? Libs must be pinging off the rubber walls.


Tue, Apr 23, 2013 : 3:03 a.m.

Nicholas, I have no idea what you are talking about.

Nicholas Urfe

Tue, Apr 23, 2013 : 1:54 a.m.

@a2citizen: maybe the disappeared comment is being studied in a secret Umich lab.


Mon, Apr 22, 2013 : 11:44 p.m.

Always has been - what did you think they were researching at Willow Run all those years?

Dog Guy

Mon, Apr 22, 2013 : 7:45 p.m.

Big Brother is scanning you.


Mon, Apr 22, 2013 : 7:08 p.m.

Yay! Randomly irradiating people sounds awesome!!! But we'll all FEEL safer right? Might as well throw the 4th Amendment under the bus along with the 2nd.... I don't feel safer...


Mon, Apr 22, 2013 : 5:29 p.m.

The American people will love being swept randomly by radiation everywhere they go. Can't even put smart meters on a house without a hub-bub! I'm sure especially those with devices that might be sensitive to such pacemakers. But won't we all FEEL safer? So it'll be worth it. So much for the 4th Amendment, meh the whole Constitution is due for a rewrite anyway, right gun grabbers?