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VectorNav Releases VN-200 GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System on a Chip
08/03/12 — VectorNav Technologies, a pioneering company in embedded navigation solutions, announced today the release of the VN-200, a high-accuracy GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) on a surface-mount chip the size of a postage stamp.  Combining an advanced GPS module with the latest in MEMS inertial and pressure sensor technology, the patent-pending…

Drones Over Manhattan: Stalking Gotham 24x7
08/02/12 — “First we take Manhattan…then we take Berlin”                                          —Leonard Cohen It’s quite possible for a law enforcement officer—or a criminal, for that matter—to click on a Smartphone and to watch you…

First-time Demo of Wireless Through-the-earth Command and Control of a Robotic Vehicle
06/12/12 — ChronicleHerald—An abandoned coal mine near Springhill, Nova Scotia was the test site this winter for an underground robot communications system developed by Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Inc. of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “We wanted to validate the capabilities of the system under the most realistic conditions possible,” Steve Parsons, business development…

Throwbot Packs Big Capability Boost in Small Package
06/08/12 — Defense News—Recon Robotics, maker of the Recon Scout XT throwable robot — now officially renamed the Throwbot XT in a nod to its cooler-sounding nickname — has made a big change to a small package. The company already has 3,700 Throwbots in use in 30 countries around the world, but…

BatBot is up for Imitating Smart Bat Maneuvers
06/04/12 — Phys.org—Robotics researchers in Spain and the U.S. are studying bats for their design work on drones. Bat wings are highly articulated, with skeletons similar to those of human arms and hands. The researchers have built a drone that mimics the way a bat changes its wing shape in flight. Bats…

Robot to Robot: Dragon and Space Station Meet Up
05/25/12 — The privately owned and operated SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station on Friday, a success for the Obama administration’s new strategy of using robotic missions and public-private partnerships in space.  NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station helped guide the capsule in, but the craft itself was…

As Summer Storm Season Arrives, Disaster Robots Are Ready
05/16/12 — Wired—The next time a hurricane slams the US, look for Robin Murphy and her army of machines. Murphy heads the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, where she commands an arsenal of unmanned craft that specialize in emergency response. Her team has been on call since 9/11; the hero bots'…

$262M For Fire Scout Robot Choppers
05/11/12 — Northrop Grumman has been selected by the US Navy to produce a new variant of the firm’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using a Bell 407 airframe. The US Department of Defense released information regarding contract awards, and according to the news, Northrop Grumman will produce a total of eight Fire…

Robojelly: Hydrogen-Powered Robot Jellyfish
05/11/12 — That innocent-looking jellyfish floating along in the ocean may actually be Robojelly, a hydrogen-fueled robot surveillance jellyfish in development for the Navy. It seems like the U.S. Navy is getting all the cool toys these days. Hot on the heels of the Saffir humanoid firefighting robot, comes Robojelly. Robojelly may…

Police in Washington DC Area Get Recon Robots
05/03/12 — EDINA, Minn—ReconRobotics, Inc. announced today that the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) has purchased and taken delivery of 13 Recon Scout XT micro-robot kits, which it has distributed to pre-designated Type 1 tactical teams throughout the Washington DC area. MWCOG purchased the tactical reconnaissance robots using grant funds from…

Robotic Device to Help Commandos
05/01/12 — Hyderbad, India—Scientists plan to equip a robot with artificial intelligence, auto navigation and facial detection features in the next two phases. Eventually, the budding scientists want to enable its operation through an android phone.  Such a Robotic Command System would come in handy for commandos, police personnel and firemen. It…

Revolutionary Battery to Power Marine Robots
04/27/12 — NewScientist—A revolutionary battery that exploits the reaction between lithium metal and seawater could soon be powering everything from autonomous submarines to buoys and deep-water sensors. Lithium is already widely used in batteries because it is lightweight and has a high electrochemical potential. This potential allows it to generate in excess…

Pirates Beware: Navy’s Robot Copter on the Hunt
04/18/12 — ARLINGTON, Va.— Navy unmanned aircraft will be able to distinguish small pirate boats from other vessels when an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded sensor starts airborne tests this summer, officials said April 5. Called the Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), the sensor is a mix of high-definition cameras, mid-wave infrared sensors…

Robo-Guard
04/17/12 — Engadget: Remember the scene in Terminator Salvation, where massive robot guards ensure that us puny humans toe the line in a prison? South Korea has something that looks far less threatening, where they are currently testing what is dubbed as the world’s first robot prison guard. Basically, the whole idea…

NRL to Test Fueling of Unmanned Surface Vehicles
03/20/12 —   Engineers from the NRL Spacecraft Engineering Department (SED) successfully demonstrate the robotic fluids transfer from a stationary platform to an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in wave heights greater than three feet. The Rapid Autonomous Fuel Transfer (RAFT) project exhibits the ability to track the motion of a Sea Fox…

A-T Solutions to Partner With HDT Global
03/20/12 —   A-T Solutions Inc., a global, industry-leading anti- and counterterrorism professional solutions firm headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area, announced today a partnership with HDT Global, a leading robotics manufacturer, to support military and law enforcement forces with the MK2 Robotic Arm, the first device attachment capable of replicating near-human dexterity. “HDT Global’s…

Naval Research Laboratory Opens Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research
03/19/12 —   The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced the opening of its Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR). The LASR facility will integrate science and technology components into research prototype systems and will become the nerve center for basic research that supports autonomous systems research for the Navy and Marine…

Researchers Send ‘Wireless’ Message Using Nutrinos
03/16/12 —   A group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos – nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light. The message was sent through 240 meters…




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