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Emergency Response Robots Compete at euRathlon
10/02/13 — Everyone loves a good “Battle of the ‘Bots” throw down, even if the competitors are programmed for preserving lives, rather than destroying them. Last week, Berchtesgaden, Germany played host to the euRathlon, an outdoor robotics competition where 14 teams tested the intelligence, autonomy and grit of their robots that competed…

Military Drags Its Feet in Push for Robotic Ground Vehicles
09/25/13 — WASHINGTON — Cars that can park, brake at a sign of danger and navigate in traffic are on their way to dealers’ showrooms, turning science-fiction fantasies of consumer-owned self-driving vehicles into a new reality. But as private investors have been pushing ahead to develop the systems needed for these new…

FEMA Stops UAVs Mapping Disaster Area After Colorado Flood
09/18/13 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) threatened to arrest anyone flying drones over the Colorado flood damage over the weekend, even those volunteering with the relief effort. On Saturday, FEMA grounded Colorado company Falcon UAV — a drone manufacturer that had been helping local authorities map the disaster area in near-real time…

Can Emotional Attachment to a Robot be a Bad Thing?
09/18/13 — It's becoming more common to have robots sub in for humans to do dirty or sometimes dangerous work. But researchers are finding that in some cases, people have started to treat robots like pets, friends, or even as an extension of themselves. That raises the question, if a soldier attaches…

New Change in Military Uniform?
09/04/13 — It's no surprise that load-related injuries to soldiers in the field aren'tuncommon. Considering that many of these men and women are walking long distances for extended periods with more than 100 pounds of weight on their backs, the potential for both injury and exhaustion is great. However, DARPA hopes that its Warrior Web  suit…

Robot Bomb Squads Challenged at the Western National Robot Rodeo
08/28/13 — No, it doesn’t involve any tasseled cowboys (roboboys?) trying to stay seated on a bucking BigDog. Nor is there any prize for roping a speeding cheetah-bot in the shortest amount of time. Still, the annual Western National Robot Rodeo has plenty of events, and while they might be quite the family-friendly content…

Flying Cargo Carrier in the Works
08/21/13 — At the AUVSI trade show last week, we spent most of our time wandering around looking for robots that weren't just slightly different flavors of quadrotors, or little airplanes with cameras on them. Things weren't as wacky and awesome as they have been in past years (possibly because the market…

Robots Learn Air-to-Air Refuelling
08/14/13 — The Pentagon killer-boffin agency DARPA (the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) has made another move forward in its plan to replace all US military humans with robots. The latest trick the droids have learned is that of flying a plane during air-to-air refuelling. Air-to-air refuelling, in which a military aircraft…

Russian Armored Military Vehicle is Virtually Silent
07/31/13 — MOSCOW, July 30 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s Military-Industrial Company has developed and tested a hybrid-powered silent armored personnel carrier (APC) that could eventually be remotely operated, a company spokesman said Tuesday. The Krymsk APC, based on the BTR-90 Rostok vehicle, has a hybrid engine and can move virtually silently on…

NASA’s New Robot Moves Like a Monkey
07/24/13 — Researchers at Boston Dynamics have designed one of the most advanced humanoids ever to compete in DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a decidedly different, and more primitive, approach. Like with the country's first space explorers, NASA is once again turning to primates with its surprisingly capable RoboSimian. Designed…

Boston Dynamics Creates the ATLAS Disaster-Response Robot for DARPA
07/16/13 — At six-foot-two and 330 pounds, this hulking first responder has all the qualities you'd want in the field after a disaster:  strength, endurance and calm under pressure. Better yet, it has two sets of hands, 28 hydraulic joints, stereo cameras in its head and an onboard computer. The ATLAS humanoid robot,…

Left on the Tarmac: UAVs at the 50th Paris Air Show
07/11/13 — As the 50th Paris Air Show opened June 17th, the Teal Group published a market report putting some impressive numbers to a trend long anticipated by aerospace industry professionals—UAVs are going to be big. According to the study, UAV sales will jump from a $5.2 billion annual industry to $11.6 billion, amounting to…

DARPA Challenge Software Could Revolutionize Robotics
07/02/13 — The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the most ambitious robot competition in history, cleared a key milestone June 27th. The Pentagon’s research wing announced the results of the Virtual Robotics Challenge, a five-day-long qualification event during which 26 teams from around the world directed a humanoid robot to complete astonishingly difficult tasks, with…

The Robots of War
06/25/13 — Here are just a few of the robots assigned to the U.S. Army’s last combat brigade in Afghanistan: Tractor-size robots that trawl ahead of foot patrols, probing for buried bombs. Smaller ‘bots that help blow up the uncovered incendiary devices. Unmanned aerial vehicles — from tiny, hand-thrown models to a high-endurance version…

India Commits to Robotic Soldiers
06/12/13 — NEW DELHI: With futuristic warfare in mind, India is working to develop robotic soldiers as part of efforts to boost unmanned fighting capabilities, joining a select group of countries in this endeavour. Under the project being undertaken by DRDO, robots would be developed with very high level of intelligence to…

iRobot IED Hunters Get “Batwing” Update
06/03/13 — There is one universal truth when dealing with explosive ordnance disposal: the farther away, the better. The Army’s EOD iRobot 310 SUGV has helped soldiers successfully detect improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan, but a new attachment known as the “batwing” is helping them do it from a safer distance. A…

International Arms Manufacturers Tap into Growing Drone Market
05/30/13 — On a sprawling complex just outside Pretoria, South Africa, a government-owned arms manufacturer is preparing to test an armed drone that it hopes to begin selling soon to governments around the world. The company, Denel Dynamics, says the armed version of the Seeker 400, which will carry two laser-guided missiles,…

Brazilian Government Places $7.2M Order for Security Robots
05/23/13 — The Brazilian government says some of the security robots bought to improve public safety during the 2014 World Cup will be ready for the Confederations Cup in June. The company iRobot says the 30 robots would be delivered by the end of the year, along with spares and other support…




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