Robolobsters

Found these pics on the Office of Naval Research page:

  

These mechanical crustaceans could be used to search the seabed for mines and other bad stuff. Here’s an in-depth 2004 article from Signal magazine: Lobsters Populate Navy Robot Platter. As Defense Tech notes, it’s part of the Pentagon’s Animal Kingdom.

Really super-high res pics in ONR’s archives dated 3/2/2006.