Recon’s Scout and Throwbot micro-robots are used by the U.S. military and more than 500 law-enforcement agencies worldwide to assess dangerous situations from a distance. The robots weigh 1.2 pounds and are designed to survive repeated throws of up to 120 feet. They are also inexpensive and easy to operate compared with previous robots made for the same purpose. The U.S. military has purchased more than 2,000 of the robots and has contracted for 1,000 more. Popular Science magazine called the Recon Scout XT one of the top 100 technology innovations of 2011.