An edited version of a press release issued on July 16, 2012, by Cyclone Power Technologies Inc.:
Cyclone Power Technologies Responds to
Rumors about “Flesh Eating” Military Robot
POMPANO BEACH, Fla.– In response to rumors circulating the Internet about a “flesh eating” robot project, we would like to set the record straight: This robot is strictly vegetarian.
The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR™) is an autonomous robotic platform capable of performing long-range missions without the need for conventional re-fueling. It will be able to find, ingest and extract energy from biological material in the environment.
Despite reports that this biological material includes human bodies, the public can be assured EATR's engine runs on fuel no scarier than twigs, grass clippings and wood chips – small, plant-based items for which its robotic technology is designed to forage.
EATR was developed by Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. and Robotic Technology Inc. for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” stated Harry Schoell, Cyclone’s CEO.