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"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
- Greg Bear

Sniffer Robot  
  A small robot that gathers odors from a crime scene for analysis.  

At this point in the film, an electronics engineer has been killed with a unique kind of bullet. How can the Runaway squad find out more?

The answer: the sniffer robot.


(Sniffer Robot from Runaway)

"It's picking up diphenyl compounds and tetrahydrocarbons. The tetras are explosives and the diphenyls are solid propellant like those used in rockets. How big did you say these missiles are?"

[Ramsay gestures -between thumb and forefinger] "About that big."

From Runaway, by Michael Crichton.
Published by Tri-Star Pictures in 1985
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Thanks to the sniffer robot, some of the chemical compounds found on the body provide useful information about the smart bullet. Here's a side view of the sniffer robot.


(Sniffer Robot side view)

The mechanical hound from Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 was also able to detect scents.

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