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Microsoft Tests Robot Security Guards at Silicon Valley Campus
11/19/14 — When presented with the idea of a robot security guard, most of the sci-fi literate among us immediately conjure up images of the deadly and ridiculous ED-209 prototype from Robocop. As such, there is understandably a slight undercurrent of trepidation regarding any such announcement, regardless of how innocuous the machine in question may be. Keen to strive ahead however is technology startup Knightscope, who are trialing what could perhaps be best described as IKEA designed ‘Daleks’ at Microsoft‘s Silicon Valley campus. The machines stand at around 5 feet tall, weigh in the range of 300 pounds and are armed with a wide…


Robotic Weapons Pick Own Targets, Raise Concern
11/13/14 — On a bright fall day last year off the coast of Southern California, an Air Force B-1 bomber launched an experimental missile that may herald the future of warfare. Initially, pilots aboard the plane directed the missile, but halfway to its destination, it severed communication with its operators. Alone, without human oversight, the missile decided which of three ships to attack, dropping to just above the sea surface and striking a 260-foot unmanned freighter. Warfare is increasingly guided by software. Today, armed drones can be operated by remote pilots peering into video screens thousands of miles from the battlefield. But…



Swarms of Militarized Robots to Hit Battlefields, Could Spark Modern Day Arms Race
11/06/14 — Swarms of highly intelligent militarized robots are predicted to hit the battlefield in the near future and could spark a modern day arms race, according to a report released Monday by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Teams of interconnected robots will change the way America and other…

CyPhy Works Unveils Pocket-Sized Surveillance Drone
10/30/14 — Robotics company CyPhy Works has a new pocket-sized surveillance drone created for U.S.military personnel deployed throughout the world. CyPhy Works was awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force earlier this year to help improve search and rescue operations. Video of its functional prototype was recently uploaded to YouTube. “We took [our…

MIT Submersible Robot to Enhance Port Security
10/23/14 — Could a new football-sized submersible robot that scans ship's hulls play a major role in future port security? Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers unveiled the oval-shaped robot at the recent International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. The robot features a flattened panel on one side that it can…

iRobot uPoint App Adds Tablet Control of Defense Robots
10/09/14 — iRobot has more than 6,000 defense and security robots deployed worldwide, with its machines in Japan helping clean up the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and in war zones detecting and disposing of improvised explosive devices. As these robots become more complex and take on a wider variety of tasks, the Bedford,…

NASA Building Robot Spacecraft Capture, Redirect Asteroids
10/02/14 — By the end of the decade, NASA will send a robotic spaceship to grab a 40-foot (12-meter) asteroid and bring it close to Earth, placing it in an orbit around the Moon, and then send astronauts in an Orion spaceship to study it. They just published six papers detailing this…

Teacher Resigns After Allegedly Threatening to Have Robot Kill Students
09/25/14 — Oceanside Unified School District officials in San Diego investigated complaints that a teacher threatened to have a robot shoot and kill students, and the educator was allowed to resign and receive a $92,000 settlement instead of being fired.Officials said the prospect of a lengthy and costly state process to terminate…

Harvard’s Soft Exosuit Enhances Soldier Mobility
09/18/14 — Soldiers are used to being weighed down by what they wear, especially when it can add up to 100 pounds or so. But researchers are working on wearable gear that could actually do the opposite, reducing fatigue and the risk of injury when carrying heavy loads. The Defense Advanced Research…

US Army Spends $23M on Landmine-Neutralizing Robots
09/11/14 — Finding and neutralizing landmines is a tedious but very dangerous job, so the Army is planning to turn it over to robots. The service's Contracting Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has awarded a nearly $23 million contract to Carnegie Robotics for an Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS) being developed to…

Drone Tracks Cell Phones to Find Survivors of Natural Disasters
09/03/14 — A drone makes large circles in the sky. With two powerful antennas, it sniffs the data packets emitted by mobile phones. On the ground, an interface developed specifically for this project makes it possible to track the flight of a small robotic aircraft in real time from a computer. Colored…

Security Robots to Help Patrol Airport in India
08/28/14 — Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which came up under the public private partner model, has ushered in a new initiative for maintaining airport safety by employing robotics technology.   CIAL is all set to implement a high-end robotic security system with Canadian-built robotic equipment at an estimated Rs 12 crore.…

WiFi-Equipped Robots Have X-ray Vision to See Through Walls
08/21/14 — These robots from the labs of a University of California, Santa Barbara professor might not be able to outrun anyone, but they sure have a special ability of their own: they can see through walls using only WiFi signals. For the technique to work, the machines work in pairs, with…

Clearpath Pledges Not to Make Killer Robots
08/14/14 — Waterloo-based robotic vehicle manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is the first robotics company to sign on with the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots, "an international coalition of non-governmental organisations working to ban fully autonomous weapons."The aptly-named Campaign To Stop Killer Robots seeks legislation and regulation that would block people from having access…

Inside the FAA’s First Dual Drone Flight
08/06/14 — The 319th Operations Support Squadron supported a milestone in unmanned aerial vehicle aviation Aug. 1. For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration authorized two UAVs to operate simultaneously in a traffic pattern of unrestricted airspace. "This is the result of a year and a half of planning between the…

Israel Deploys Tunnel Robots to Find Hamas’ Weapons
07/31/14 — The Israeli Defense Forces have introduced new robot technology to help aid in excavating Hamas' vast tunnel network and a mobile radar system designed to warn against short-range mortar shelling. Defense News featured the Micro Tactical Ground Robot, developed by Roboteam, a Tel Aviv-based start-up that beat more established U.S.…

Drones on Defense: How Robots Protect Nature
07/23/14 — Drones have gotten a bad rap in the press lately. But there is a whole other dimension to the robotic planes, and that’s the good they can do to help, not hurt, what most mainstream minds freely acknowledge is very vulnerable – the environment. As The New York Times reports:…

Marines Test LS3 Robot Mule During RIMPAC
07/16/14 — This summer's Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise, is nothing new, but one of the soldiers is. That's because the soldier is a robot – the latest and greatest from Boston Dynamics, DARPA and Google. As a news release explains, "The LS3 is experimental…

Racing Robots Contend for First Place
07/10/14 — Fast robots have numerous potential practical applications. “Outside of just being cool, running robots are of high interest to the military,” says Element 14, the design engineer community for sharing electronic engineering solutions. “Having a speedy, remote-controlled robot means more precise attacks without putting soldiers in harm’s way. There has…

Researchers Create UK’s First Robot Security Guard
07/03/14 — G4S, the world's largest provider of security officers, has a new autonomous robot called Bob that is now patrolling its offices in England. Bob is there to monitor the environment, make suren doors are properly closed and gather other information. Bob is completely autonomous, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall…




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