December 13, 2010

Tron Legacy to Hit Theaters Friday

Tron Legacy comes out this Friday and we have to admit that the special effects are spiffy. Before you run to see this one, you have to watch the original Tron made in 1982. Those of us who saw it when it came out felt that that was the spiffiest ever, but then a lot of us were heavily medicated.

Via Disney

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December 7, 2010

Wikileaks Claims UAE Seek to Procure Drone

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According to some of those WikiLeaks documents, countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Turkey are trying to get their hands on the Predator B, aka the MQ-9 Reaper. Apparently the UAE met with Air Force officials to try to procure one in 2007. Fortunately for us all the drones are on restricted export.

Via Wired

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AF X-37B Drone Has Successful Flight

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The Air Force's X-37B landed successfully last week at Vandenberg AF Base in California after its 7 month test run. The plane is about 29 ft. long, has a wingspan of 14 ft. and was built by Boeing's Phantom Works. Because the project is top secret, not many details were available concerning the unmanned vehicle's flight, but the results have apparently prompted the AF to order a second Orbital Test Vehicle that will be launched in the spring of 2011.

Via Space

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December 3, 2010

Must Have: Tonka Ricochet 4 x 4

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Tonka's Ricochet 4 x 4 Vehicle is not your basic RC toy. It will flip from side to side on the floor and also features a monster lift suspension that will let it flip in the air. The rugged car can go for about 15 minutes per charge and comes with a controller, charger and 9V battery.

Via Tonka

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December 1, 2010

Ride the Land Crawler exTreme

Vagabond Works designed the Land Crawler exTreme robot when his son requested a robot that he could ride. With 12 legs, it can carry up to 27 lbs. of human child. It may look a bit creepy, but it certainly outclasses a Segway.

Via Singularity Hub

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November 17, 2010

Tlaloque Explores Ancient Tunnel

A team from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) sent Tlaloque to search a tunnel that they believe has been sealed off since 250 A.D. Located in the ruins of the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico, the tunnel is located under the Feathered Serpent Temple. Team leader Sergio Gomez says that they plan to enter the area next month. The project has been going on since they first discovered the tunnel in 2003 and it is said to lead to 3 chambers that may contain gems, shells and pottery (and perhaps a couple of mummies?)

Via Hispanically Speaking

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November 5, 2010

NASA Live Feed of Rover Assembly

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How many technicians does it take to build a rover? Last time we checked it was 12, although one seemed to be just wandering around. Maybe he/she was supervising. If you find yourself unable to tear yourself away from animal cams or are guilty of being one of those who tweeted to the space station, then you will really dig NASA's live feed of the Mars Science Laboratory's clean room in Pasadena, California. The "Curiosity Cam" runs Monday through Friday while a team assembles NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover.

Via NASA

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October 26, 2010

Bigtrak Jr. Updates Original

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Witness the return of the 70's BigTrak rover. Like the original, Bigtrak Jr. has an onboard keyboard that can be programmed to go forward, turn and fire its photon canon while navigating around obstacles. Improvements include a memory save and accessory port for things to come. Moon crater accessories are included so that you can make your own other worldly obstacle course.

Via Bigtrak Jr.

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October 22, 2010

Shredder Mini-Tank Runs in All Terrains

While technically this is not a robot, we just had to share. Canadian Ben Gulak and his company BPG Werks are developing the Shredder, a DTV that rides like a mini-tank with a 48 hp rotary combustion engine and a top speed of 60 mph. While the current version has a handheld cable for control, the production version will feature one similar to a Jet-Ski handlebar.

The 21 year-old is in talks now with both military and civilian manufacturers and foresees its availability in another year for $3,500 to $4,000. In the meantime, the company is already taking deposits.

Via BPG Werks

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October 21, 2010

Heli-Trainer Practices Flight

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Heli Aviation GmbH has paired with the German Max Planck Institute to create a system that can teach helicopter maneuvering safely and economically. The Heli-trainer is paired with a modified KUKA KR 500 heavy-duty robot and can repeat simulations including near crash misses. It can be lifted from 4 to 6 feet off the floor, controlled with a joystick and carry both pilot and passenger with a maximum weight of 500kg inside. We hope they remember to include a barf bag.

Via MPG

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