July 9, 2008

Black-I Robotics Creates LandShark to Sniff Out Bombs

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Brian Hart lost his son in Iraq in 2005. Doing more than just grieving, he teamed with Richard Hart and and Arthur Berube to come up with Black-I Robotics and a series of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV robots) to go where humans should not. His LandShark can be programmed to plow up earth where a trip wire or explosive is hidden, or drop disrupters that sets off jets of water to disarm a bomb. Black-I is counting on the bot to be available next year with a hefty price of $65,000.00 to $85,000.00 a pop. When our tax dollars have to be used for war, we are all for them going this route.

Via Black-I Robotics

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July 8, 2008

Tufts U. to Develop Bionic Caterpillars

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Tufts University has received a $3.3 millon DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) grant to develop squeezable bionic caterpillars. The bots will be able to enter 1 cm spaces, then expand to a size 10 times larger. They are also bio-degradable. The research team will be programming the robotic insects to move in confined spaces, climb trees or buildings, and follow ropes or cables. Applications will include landmine detection, search and rescue, and perhaps even carrying smaller versions of themselves for tinier areas. For that kind of money, we figure they will learn to become robotic butterflies.

Via Tufts e-news

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