Assembled from LEGO parts and programmed in just three days (and nights), these remarkable machines competed in two events that required them to navigate around obstacles -- in one case, to find a towering coffee pot, then push or pull it toward an image of a giant mug painted on the enclosure's floor; in the other, to escape from a room and reach an infrared beacon
JCIMS is composed of combat identification panels (CIPs), thermal identification panels (TIPs), and Phoenix infrared beacons
Universal traffic management systems provide traffic information to drivers in real time using infrared beacons
that conduct two-way communications with individual vehicles.
Night vision, thermal imagery, parabolic microphones, infrared beacons
and other custom-designed devices help McMillan navigate the pitch-black habitats, uncovering animals that could never be seen in the dark with the naked eye.
The robots have digital pheromones, digital compasses and infrared beacons
so they can learn the location of the recharging station and share this with the other bots.
The BeckonIR Infrared Beacons
are immune from detection by anything but the latest generation of infrared viewers, available only to friendly forces, and therefore provide unprecedented security for IFF applications.