Recon Scout Robot Billed As SWAT Team's Secret Weapon

In a hostage situation, the Recon Scout robot gives law enforcement a window into a dangerous scenario.

The dumbbell-shaped robot, which can be thrown through glass and dropped several feet without being damaged, provides authorities with an extra set of eyes so they know what to expect before they enter potentially lethal situations.

The police department in San Mateo, Calif., threw the robot into a hostage situation at a local bank. The robot's camera helped locate two bank tellers who were safely rescued, police told Digital Justice.

But the device's reviews aren't all positive. Recon Scout robots have drawn the ire of amateur radio operators, who say the robots could interfere with their transmissions, according to the CommLawBlog.