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Gear from New Jersey-based Robo-Vision, a maker of robotic cameras typically used for sports, was recently used in the Iraqi conflict in areas where it is too dangerous to send a live camera crew.

NBC had contacted the company before reporter David Bloom's death to supply him with a robotic camera system, mounted on a tank recovery vehicle. One operator can operate up to eight cameras remotely.

Until recently, Robo-Vision's robo-cams had been used primarily in sports and entertainment areas. "We provide angles where you simply cannot have a cameraman. These systems go where a person cannot," says Jim Warden, founder and creator of Robo-Vision.