Sometimes, your death on the battlefield will be the result of a string of minor inconveniences spiraling out-of-control. This is rather embarrassing, especially when happening to my main character, or when uploaded to youtube, but I came up with something to help it, the robotic squire, and faithful dog, Greta. What would it change?
Greta is the love child of Boston Dynamics videos, and the shadow hand. It is a quadruped robot, standing at around 1 m high and 1.5 m long.
- It uses pneumatic artificial muscles, actuated by multiple air compressors and air-bladders, for enhanced redundancy, and to be lightweight.
- The unit is powered by lithium-air batteries.
- The armor is equal to a level III steel plate, not impenetrable, but an AR-15 won't get through it.
As I mentioned, Greta also has a shadow hand that can be used to pick up and hand objects over. Greta can also place stuff into its storage compartment, like a furnace that's suitable for repairing ceramic plates on-field.
Each human squad gets three of them. Gretas can pull people into cover, but after watching the Matrix and Terminator trilogy in a row, we're unwilling to let them shoot anything other than a photograph. Gretas are remotely controlled by rudimentary AIs and a handful of human "handlers".
The setting is modern day, ordinary equipment for humans is roughly the same what US marines would get, the enemy is playing on an equal field this time.
I'm interested in how could they help the most in pushing forward and keeping the enemy under pressure.
Judgment criteria and priorities (highest to lowest):
- Helping humans keep the enemy under constant pressure.
- Minimalizing casualties.
- Speeding things up in general.