January 19, 2010

Anti-Terrorism Robot Sent to Logan Airport

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Black-I Robotics recently delivered a robot to Boston's Logan Airport that can help detect and disarm explosives. Paid for by $800,000 in Congressional funds, the Black Knight, named after the West Point mascot, replaces an outdated model, with its controller an Xbox console. The bot is one of three distributed and was dedicated to Army Ranger First Lt. Derek Hines, a West Point graduate who was killed in Afghanistan.

Via WBZ TV

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January 12, 2010

Cyber Quad Spies on Drilling Platform

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Australia's Cyber Technology Pty. Ltd. has developed this take-off drone with built-in video camera that was recently used to survey an offshore drilling platform. Not only did the wireless Cyber Quad record footage at various levels, it landed on the platform, never missing a video beat. The device also houses sensors that can detect pollutants or chemical warfare agents. Look for the Cyber Quad in a war near you.

Via Wired

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January 8, 2010

Chiba University's Hummingbird Robot

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Hiroshi Liu and team at Chiba University, Japan, have developed a hummingbird robot with a micro motor that can flap its four wings at 30 times/second. The flying bot is controlled by an IR sensor and can turn left or right, and go up or down. It can also fly in a figure eight. Liu says that the bot should be available next year and will be equipped with a micro camera for use in rescue efforts and seeking out baddies.

Via Washington Times

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November 25, 2009

Robot Cafe Serves Defense Bot Builders

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IMTechnology's Robot Cafe System may be a better way enjoy a meal while avoiding the H1N1. The mini-robot, wearing a chef's hat, delivers coffee to the Korean diners. When they aren't busy creating cute bots, the company mainly concentrates on military defense bots.

Via Ubergizmo

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October 27, 2009

Witness the Blob With Attitude

The ChemBot, being developed by DARPA, can shape shift between semi-liquid and semi-solid states by injecting air into a membrane that's filled with particulate matter. The plan here is to take the odd robot and place it where others can't since it can get larger or smaller, roll around, or pass through cracks in a wall. iRobot is in charge of the project to create the prototype after receiving a $3.3 million grant.

Via Crave

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October 22, 2009

Robotic Cockroach Falls Wa-a-y Down, Keeps on Trucking

The UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab has decided that the world (and/or the military) needs a better robot cockroach. Made out of cardboard and polymer, the 4" DASH (Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod) can be built in an hour and moves at 5 ft. per second, which is equal to 15 body lengths. Its 6 legs run via DC motor and a servomotor is responsible for turns. The thing that really creeps us out is the fact that DASH can fall 92 feet and keep going.

Via UC Berkeley

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September 22, 2009

Robotic Jumper Gets Drafted

Boston Dynamics, father of the BigDog, has been awarded a contract to create the Sandia National Laboratories' prototype Precision Urban Hopper for DARPA. The 4-wheel robot navigates autonomously and has a single leg, allowing it to jump over 25' fences. Imagine their surprise when the enemy, in its compound behind walls, gets startled by the PUH. The project should be completed by late 2010 and the Pentagon says it would like a third of all forces to be robotic by 2015.

Via New Scientist

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August 26, 2009

iRobot Develops Warrior 700

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iRobot is working on a larger and more talented version of its PackBot. The Warrior 700 can actually carry a PackBot and, when standing, can deliver one through a window. Should it trip and fall, it can get itself upright and go on with its robotic duties. Here's hoping that the Warrior doesn't trip and fall on its way to its evil spy missions.

Via iRobot

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August 25, 2009

Drones, Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

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We were watching an episode of "60 Minutes" recently that seemed very jazzed to visit Creech Air Force Base and show us all how their drones are used to destroy the "bad guys." They were very proud to show how a silent Predator could stay up for 24 hours pursuing its "prey" while, back in Nevada, the trigger is pulled when the "pilot" is sure that its 500 lb. laser guided bomb has found its target. When one of the pilots was asked if he felt that flying a drone was similar to playing a video game, he responded that there was no reset button.

Via CBS News

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August 17, 2009

Army Wants More PackBots

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iRobot Corp. says it was given a $5.1 million order from the U.S. Army, making this the 11th as part of its $286 million xBot contract. They will be supplying them with 14 more PackBots and spare parts, to be used in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Via Forbes

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